Faysal, a Syrian farmer who fled his home northeast of Raqqa following a Daaesh offensive, shows his work at the Ain Issa camp in northern Syria on July 16, 2017.
AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Under the rule of Daesh (ISIS, the self-anointed Islamic State group) a Syrian farmer named Faysal was forced to hide his sketches and paintings.He sought refuge with his family at the Ain Issa camp in northern Syria three months ago, fleeing the battle for Daesh stronghold Raqqa, some 50 kilometers away.The 47-year-old farmer struggled to find art materials in the desolate camp so he meticulously made his own, tying threads pulled from a pillow case to a piece of wood to fashion a paintbrush. Another pencil sketch depicts a family in front of a tent, an old man leaning on a cane, and other people sitting on the ground.The most painful of Faysal's pieces depict life under Daesh, and particularly the experiences he fears his son may be enduring. When Faysal entered his doctor's office, he heard four gunshots.His pencil drawing shows a blindfolded young man, his head thrown back.
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