Religious artist dedicates work to Syrian refugees

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"Aylan" by Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem

MANILA, Sept. 5, 2015–The photo of drowned Syrian toddler en route to Europe has inspired a powerful emotional response from artists around the world including a Filipino religious brother.

Augustinian Recollect Jaazeal Jakosalem, better known as Brother Tagoy, has joined other artists by making his own drawing critical of international refugee policies.

According to him, the poster is his way of expressing solidarity with Syrians, who over the years, were forced to flee their war-torn homeland for the safety and better life they hope to find elsewhere.

The images of the toddler’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach took the tragic plight of Syrian refugees to center stage, as many observers fear a further loss of life until Europe’s’ policies change.

The Cebu-based Recollect artist is known for his commitment to the poor and ecology and was a recipient of National Award of Ecology.

He was also behind the icon “Jesus of the Poor,” which he made for the ongoing celebration of the Years of Consecrated of Life and of the Poor.

His other works include “Dakilang Likha (Jesus of Creation)” and “Inang Likha (Mother of Creation)”. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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