Rahma was born the year the conflict in Syria began. Now she's ten years old and a refugee. Rahma and her family were forced to flee Syria in 2013 and first lived in Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan before moving on to Irbid, Jordan. While her short life has been defined by so much hardship, Rahma has found a way to express herself through her greatest passion – drawing.
Her eyes light up when she talks about her love for drawing. Her walls are plastered with her creations… most of them faces, faces that belong to the strong and caring women Rahma aspires to be like when she grows up. Art is an outlet for her creativity but also an escape from a childhood that has witnessed war and displacement for all of her young life.
Thanks to World Vision, Rahma and her siblings are supported through the remote education program where they learn Arabic, English, and math. When her teachers spotted her talent for art, World Vision supplied her with the necessary tools and paint she needed to develop her skills.
Rahma’s mother, Ibtihal is proud of her talented daughter. She sees her younger self in her daughter… and her own dreams she was forced to abandon. “She reminds me of something I wanted to achieve but couldn’t. So, I want her to achieve it. I wanted to become someone with a purpose, but life conditions didn’t allow that.”
When asked what would Rahma do if she were President of the whole world for one day she said, “I would change myself and become better. I would end war and fighting, and also try to make the world better.” Her greatest dream of all? To have her portraits exhibited one day.