KNOXVILLE (WATE) – An exhibit is set to open in Knoxville this week of recent photographs of Syrian refugees taken by Dean Rice, chief of staff to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
The photos show the faces of Syrian children who now live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in the Jordan desert as well as children who are orphaned living in Amman, Jordan.
“We talk often of instability in the Middle East, and today we struggle with balancing our national security interests with our humanitarian desires to help the helpless,” says Rice. “Through these photographs, however, we see the faces that can bring lasting stability, peace, friendship and gratitude.”
Rice is also a member of the national advisory board of the Syrian Emergency Task Force. He traveled to Jordan last spring to visit the refugee camp and meet with various Syrians in exile.
The exhibit, presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance, will be on display in the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from December 4-23. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on December 4 from 5 p.m to 9 p.m.
More information: Arts & Culture Alliance