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A photo of this Christian girl, Christina, who was kidnapped in Iraq and held for three years, inspired portrait artist Andrea Schneider to embark on a project to bring the faces of persecution to the world.
Schneider was moved by the photo of Christina's mother, who waited three years for the return of her daughter from Islamic State kidnappers.
Schneider was captivated by the stories of the Iraqi Christians and went on to draw "Woman and Child of the Nineveh Plain."
"Iraqi Children"
The Arabic letter Nun was painted on the abandoned homes of Christians after ISIS took over towns on the Nineveh Plain. That's what happened to this girl's family, and Schneider, after framing her portrait of the girl, felt moved to paint the letter, which stands for Nazarene, on the glass cover.
The portrait of the girl with the Arabic letter Nun superimposed on it, as it had been painted on the girl's family's house back in Iraq, engendered many conversation at exhibits of "Portraits of Faith."
When Andrea Schneider went to Michigan, where many Iraqis live today, she met Fr. Fadi Philip, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church in Warren. Fr. Philip leads regular trips to the Middle East, with medical and dental professionals, to offer aid to refugees and internally displaced persons.
A recent refugee from Iraq, looking back to his beloved homeland and wondering what the future holds for him in his host country.
An Iraqi man...
...and his daughter...
...who both sat for portrait artist Andrea Schneider.
Schneider mounted her exhibit at a symposium in New York, marking the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act.
One of the admirers of her work that day was Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Schneider takes a break after mounting her exhibit at the Delbarton School in Morriston, New Jersey, where it will be on display in December and January.