Support of Life is Helping Syrian Refugees by Showing Their Loss

By: Riley von Niessen - May 19, 2016
References: theseacemetery & adweek
Humanitarian aid group Support for Life is helping Syrian refugees by making known the immense struggle and pain that can come with attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to safety.

The group put over 200 gravestones in the sea to bring awareness to those who died attempting to flee, helping Syrian refugees by bringing sympathy to their cause and fighting the widespread and unjust discrimination towards them. The gravestones are made of a waterproof Styrofoam that is printed in a marble pattern which floats on the water.

The 'Sea Cemetery' depicts the names of the deceased to pay tribute to their memory, one of which includes three year old Alan Kurdi, whose story shocked the world in 2015. With this political statement, Support for Life makes clear the saddening number of people lost to the sea, with the 200 headstones being just a small fraction of the real amount. The group includes a video which shows interviews with Syrian families who have lost loved ones to the sea, making viewers understand the project on a more personal level.