Forced to Flee
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$650 68 x 54 inches | 2018
The United Nations has reported that the world is experiencing the greatest number of displaced people in our history. Over 65 million people were displaced by conflict and persecution at the end of 2016. Over 22 million people are currently classified as refugees, and more than half of those are children.
This quilt, with its improvisational faces floating in a sea of blues, is a reminder of this humanitarian crisis. Throughout history, people have taken perilous voyages over rough seas seeking asylum. Currently people are crossing the Rio Grand River and the Mediterranean Sea, once again facing life-threatening hazards in search of a home.
Photo by Robert Wespiser