Photo: Omar Shammout
Afanwi Neba is a gifted artist who had to flee a brutal civil war in his home country Cameroon. Less than a year ago, he arrived at the refugee camp Vial on the Greek island of Chios. At nights in his dreams the war still attacks him. He gets up and chase away all the bad memories of torture and the dead bodies by painting his happy images.
-She picked me up from nothing, the African artist Afanwi Neba says about Kayra from US. In the Greek refugee camp Vial she gave him colors and canvas, so he could paint again. From that day on he spend most of the time in the tent creating one artwork after the other. Sixty pictures in just three months. Made in acrylic, filled with small details and made out of the memories and colors he remember so well from his home country Cameroon.
The paintings he made in the tent are spread all over the world. Sold by the small NGO Love Without Borders – For Refugees In Need. At exhibitions and shows in the United States, Canada and Europe arranged by Kayra Martinez. The money is paid to the artists so that they can sustain their lives.