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‘Artistic Dimensions to a Healthier World’ expo tells painful stories from conflict zones

‘Artistic Dimensions to a Healthier World’ expo tells painful stories from conflict zones

Meriam Jelliti
Doha
The Fire Station, in collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF), on Tuesday opened the ‘Artistic Dimensions to a Healthier World’ exhibition, where the ‘Paediatric Blast Injury Manual’ was introduced in Arabic for the first time.
Sultana Afdhal, CEO of World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), and Khalifa al Obaidly, director of Fire Station, were present on the occasion.
“It is important for WISH and QF to build strong ties with stakeholders from the healthcare sector, and it is equally important for us to reach out for the promotion of a healthier world,” said Afdhal, while briefing the guests on the importance of discovering new perspectives of healthcare through art, especially from the perspective of children.
While welcoming the attendees of the event, Obaidly recalled the history of the Fire Station building and its remarkable transition to becoming a destination of art. He said the art exhibition would have a huge impact on the community, expressing his desire to organise more similar programmes that involve health and safety.
“This is the first time we have collaborated with QF to present an art expo in the perspective of healthcare. We will be proud to support more such activities and exhibitions.”
The Translation and Interpreting Institute of HBKU will deliver the Arabic version of the Paediatric Blast injury Manual with the aim of taking part in the movement which helps children both physically and mentally.
At the opening ceremony, representatives of ‘Emergency’ organisation shared their experiences with war victims of Iraq, including children, and of doctors who contributed to writing the ‘Paediatric Blast injury Manual’.
The guests explored the outdoor exhibition of “disability and armed conflicts” as described by Giles Duley, the documentary photographer who was himself a victim of conflict. Duley’s artworks have given the guests a painful yet truthful glimpse of war, as they delivered painful stories of people from across the world living in conflicts.

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