Friday, December 17, 2021
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr Ali Erbaş presented the awards to the students who ranked in the painting competition on the theme “Migration and Child”
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr Ali Erbaş presented the awards to the students who ranked in the painting competition on the theme “Migration and Child”.
The award ceremony of the competition, which was organized in order to raise social awareness about the guests who immigrated to our country due to the tragic events they experienced in their own country, by the General Directorate of Religious Services among young people between the ages of 15 and 25, was held at the Presidency of Religious Affairs.
President of Religious Affairs, Erbaş, who examined the winning paintings with his wife Seher Erbaş at the ceremony held at the Presidency of Religious Affairs, said in a statement: “One of the most painful events we have experienced in recent years is the civil war that our brothers and sisters have experienced in Syria. We, as Turkey, have opened our arms to our brothers and sisters who had to flee from the bombs that the Syrian government dropped on their citizens.”
“Today we will present them their awards”
President Erbaş stated that they organized a painting competition on the theme “Migration and Children” in order to increase social awareness on migration, and said, “As the Presidency of Religious Affairs, we launched a competition among our youth. Our young people who participated in the competition across Turkey were the students. The jury chose the first three awardees among the competitors, and they received honorable mentions. There are also nine honorable mentions. We invited our first, second and third young awardees to our Presidency. With Allah’s permission, today we will present them with their awards.”
“We wish from our hearts that there would be no more refugee flow anywhere in the world”
Wishing that there would be no more refugee flow anywhere in the world, President Erbaş continued as follows:
“We wish from our hearts that there would be no more migration anywhere in the world, and everyone can live comfortably in their own homeland. Let these atrocities end. These painful events are taking place not only in Syria but also in several regions of the world. It is happening in Myanmar, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It happened in the Balkans in the past. It happened in the Caucasus. Unfortunately, people all over the world do not have the opportunity to live until they breathe their last in their homeland, where they were born. We, as Turkey, as a whole nation, make our verbal and actual prayers for these painful events to come to an end. We pray verbally, and we stand by the oppressed people actually. We take this stance towards them only because they are human, regardless of their faith, race or color. This is our duty, both Islamic and human. Our prayer is that this suffering will end.”
President Erbaş congratulated the young people who participated in the competition and said, “I hope our brothers and sisters develop these skills even more. They reflect the beauty in their souls to their paintings even better and contribute to the end of suffering. I congratulate them.”
Following the remarks of President Erbaş, Mustafa Hilmi Dülger, a Member of Parliament from Kilis, who was present at the ceremony, said, “We are exerting effort for these works, too. We experienced this beautiful event when we came to exchange ideas with the President and the Presidency of Religious Affairs about what we can do in this scope. Thank you all.”
President Erbaş also listened to the stories of the paintings from the students who ranked in the ceremony.
From Erzincan Fine Arts High School, Irmak Köse, who participated in the competition from Erzincan and came first across Turkey, thanked the Presidency of Religious Affairs and said, “Through my painting, I want to say that hope will still be alive. Life is lived with hope. Nothing happens without hope. Here, I saw the hopes and dreams of the little girl.”
Ebrar Demirezen, a student at Düzce Fine Arts High School, who came in second, said:
“First of all, thank you for raising such awareness. I am happy to be a part of this awareness. In my painting, I painted that they came to our country by packing their whole life and all their material and spiritual possessions in just one suitcase. Their life consists of just a suitcase.”
About her painting, Zehra Menekşe, the third winner of the competition, said: “I portrayed children as the leaves of the sunflower. So delicate and sensitive. But immigration happens due to external factors. Thanks to the seeds they grew in their homeland, the culture, traditions and customs they grew here, they can sprout again in another place and live there again.”
The ceremony ended with the winners receiving their awards from the President of Religious Affairs, Erbaş.