The migration of Syrians through Europe as they tried to escape the war in 2015 was an unforgettable event for most of us. In particular, the image of people crossing the sea from Turkey to the Greek islands in overcrowded rubber dinghies and with many drownings.
The UK agreed to take up to 20,000 refugees registered vulnerable with the United Nations, but only from countries neighbouring Syria and not people who have travelled independently as in the case of those who have arrived on the Greek islands. Yet in 1915, the UK took in 250,000 Belgian refugees who had crossed the North Sea in small boats to escape the Germans on a temporary basis.
I hope this painting will hold your gaze and give you time to reflect on the disaster behind it.