The exhibition Tens of Thousands curates the story of the disappeared and the missing inside Syria. You see portraits of detainees, installations that present poems and items of (formerly) detained in Syria. The exhibition is designed by Amnesty International in Beirut. After its launch there in August 2017, it is now making its way to The Hague.
Since the onset of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than 75.000 people in Syria have vanished without a trace. They have been arrested, kidnapped or they simply disappeared and never made their way back home. Tens of thousands of families are since then forced to live in desperation, with few, if any, safe ways of finding their loved ones. In the context of the protracted conflict in Syria, the fate of the missing and disappeared has largely been ignored.
The exhibition aims to shed light on this issue. You see the stories of missing activists, human rights defenders, journalists and humanitarian workers. The exhibited items are now a token of remembrance for their families.
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