Youssef Abou Kashef

“My name is Youssef Abou Kashef. I’m 21 years old. I was born in Syria and lived there up until the revolution. Ever since I was 5 years old, I have loved drawing. I found that I was best able to express my feelings that way.

One reason why it has been so important for me is due to the fact that I could not study because I am deaf. Since I was not able to study art I worked on developing this talent myself, with only my father’s help and encouragement.

After the Syrian revolution, my father took us out of Syria and to Turkey in 2012. Since then I have been waiting to return to