As the now 11-month old uprising continues in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the death toll continues to mount. The opposition stronghold Syrian city of Homs has faced continued shelling this week. Those who survive do so on dwindling food and water resources as a humanitarian crisis is growing. The Red Cross has tried to negotiate with the government for daily cease-fires in order to deliver aide in distressed areas. For local Syrian-American artist Sama Wareh, the harrowing situation in the country where many of her relatives live has motivated her to use her talents to help those in need.
“It really came out of a feeling of frustration and compassion for the people in Syria,” Wareh says, taking a break from hanging her pieces up at a Laguna Beach gallery. “As an artist, I can’t just sit and watch. If there’s something I can do I’m going to do it.”
Read more about the benefit art exhibit whose preview gala opens this weekend on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post: