Identity About Ali and the Box

This comic is a mosaic assembled from several different stories about refugee children I have encountered in my work as a psychologist.

It’s inspired by the frustration that both I and other people who are part of the system experience when we see refugees with complex issues and challenges meet with the boxes, numbers, deadlines, and budgets of the system itself as well as their meeting with the lack of psychological insight and the very simplified understanding of refugees and the refugee crisis held by both the system itself as well as the government and the general population.
 
I chose the somewhat naivistic picture book approach for several reasons – in some way it illustrates the perspective of the child in the system governed by adults, but it also underlines the somewhat naive understanding that our society has of the challenges of people who have had to leave everything behind and journey through death and despair to get where we receive them.
It also creates a stark contrast between the words and the absurdity and sometimes even horror of things that happen in the story and in the images. My favorite part of sequential storytelling is how to can tell two stories at once – one in the words and one in the pictures – and how you can hide meaning through symbolism and visual cues in the images.

 

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