World Leaders project the grievances of refugees in these powerful artworks by a Syrian artist.

The United Nations announced that the number of persons seeking asylum or escape from areas of conflict in 2016 reached 65.6 million, which is even more than there was after World War II. Many of these refugees live in dire conditions, so a Syrian refugee and an artist, Abdalla Al Omari, decided to act and send an urgent message to the world leaders, most of whom seem to be indifferent to the crisis.

Abdalla has created a series of paintings he called ‘The Vulnerability Series’, where he reimagines the world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and more, as refugees themselves, putting them in harsh situations actual refugees face daily.

“Intimate hours I spent with them have thought me more than I could imagine. Just as easily as everything worth defending can become defenseless, moments of absolute powerlessness can give you superpowers,” Abdalla writes on his website. “In this universe without gravity, all we can hold on to is our vulnerability. I have convinced myself it is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate.”

More info: Abdalla Al Omari | Twitter (h/t: attndemilked)

#1 Donald Trump

Donald Trump

#2 Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

#3 The Queue

The Queue

#4 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

#5 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

#6 Barack Obama

Barack Obama

#7 David Cameron

 David Cameron

#8 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

#9 Yarmouk

Yarmouk

#10 The Boat

 The Boat

#11 François Hollande And Nicolas Sarkozy

François Hollande And Nicolas Sarkozy

#12 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

#13 Bashar Al-assad

Bashar Al-assad

#14 Aggressor And The Victim

 Aggressor And The Victim

#15 Abdel Fattah El-sisi

Abdel Fattah El-sisi

#16 Dream Number 80

 Dream Number 80

#17 The Boat 2

 The Boat 2

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