Announcing the Winners of our Refugee Art Contest!

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Art by Abdul Kafi Wasfi Al-Hosni.

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. The winner of our #RefugeesShareHope art contest is Abdul Kafi Wasfi Al-Hosni, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. Pictured above, Al-Hosni’s work responded to Anera’s call for artists to submit poems, photography, paintings or drawings that represent how they are giving back to their communities.

The contest launched on World Refugee Day as part of GivingTuesday’s #RefugeesGive campaign and was open to anyone aged 18 and 30 who identifies as a refugee in Palestine, Lebanon or Jordan. We allowed submissions in the form of poetry, photography, painting or drawing.

Today, GivingTuesday, you have a special opportunity to give back to communities like Al-Hosni’s in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Right now, you can join our Visionaries by becoming a monthly donor and your first six donations will be DOUBLED by a generous matching donor.

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Keep reading to see the second and third place winners and honorable mention entries.

First place

Abdul Kafi Wasfi Al-Hosni

Abdul, 27, is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. “I like to draw in my spare time. My dreams are very big and I hope to achieve them.”


Second place

Embroidery by Hala Youssef.

Hala Talei Youssef

Hala, 22, is a Palestinian refugee living in Rashidieh Refugee Camp in Lebanon. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and hopes to pursue an advanced degree. “I’ve done a lot of volunteer work in my camp. I picked up the art of hand embroidery in 2018 and I’ve been devoted to it ever since. My dream is to one day exhibit my embroidery art.”


Third place

An English translation of the poem by Nadia Abu Qassem.
This poem is by Nadia Abu Qassem, a 26-year-old Palestinian refugee living in Beddawi Palestinian camp, Tripoli, Lebanon.

Nadia Abu Qassem

Nadia, 26, is a Palestinian refugee living in Beddawi Refugee Camp, in Tripoli, Lebanon. “I love nature and poetry.”


Honorable mentions

This photo of daily life inside Shatila Palestinian refugee camp was submitted by photographer Nasser. The sign the young man in the photo is putting up says, “The vaccine is for our sake.” An important public health message in the fight against COVID.
Nasser is a 25-year-old Palestinian who was a refugee in Syria before becoming a refugee in Lebanon due to the war. His family is originally from the village of Al Tantura, Haifa District in present day Israel. Nasser currently lives in Burj El Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon.
This anonymous piece is by a 19-year-old currently living in Tripoli, Lebanon. He is a refugee from Syria. “As a refugee, I had to give up on my education to find work to help my family. My dream is to travel to another country.”
This piece of art was submitted by an artist named Zahra who is originally from Syria and now lives in Tripoli, Lebanon.
This piece of art was submitted by an artist named Khadija who is originally from Homs, Syria and now lives in Zahle, Lebanon.
This piece is by Omar Al Ebrahim. The 19-year-old currently lives in Tripoli, Lebanon. He is a refugee from Syria. “As a refugee, I had to give up on my education to find work to help my family. My dream is to travel to another country.”
This piece of thought-provoking digital art is by Ahmed, a 25-year-old Palestinian refugee living in Beirut, Lebanon.
Muhannad Mahmoud Al-Mohammed, 25, now lives in Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon. He studied education in Syria but was forced to drop out one year short of graduation because of the war. He teaches refugee students.
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