Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump's travel ban could take effect, banning immigrants and refugees from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Because those are all majority Muslim countries, many have called it a backdoor "Muslim Ban." Earlier this fall, we ran this story as part of a triptych in print (here are parts one and two of that) about how recent refugees are growing our creative ecosystem. It felt particularly timely to run.
Detail from a piece by artist Mohamad Hafez chronicling the destruction of Syrian buildings. In the past two years, Hafez has not only documented the destruction in his artwork, but worked with several refugees who are new to New Haven, including the family in this article. Lucy Gellman Photo