The power of graphics

The story of a frontpage that went viral.


NOT everyone agreed with our Syria cover last week. It illustrated the gradual destruction of the country that is the result of the war between President Bashar Assad and the rebels trying to oust him. One aspect of the country that has not been destroyed is the creativity. On February 25th Wissam al-Jazairy, a young Syrian graphic designer took the cover to task. His extended design showing the reconstruction of the country when the war ends went viral. “The cover carried a very bleak idea of the situation in Syria,” said Mr Jazairy. “True, there is fighting between people but this is war and death is the blood tax in order to reach a better future.” But he remains optimistic, mostly because of what he describes as the peacefulness of the Syrian people. “We started our revolution for a life and freedom and justice and equality,” he said. “As Abu al-Kacem Chebbi [a Tunisian poet] said: ‘If, one day, a people want to live, then fate must respond to them’.”



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