'Imprint of Hope' - The Vibrant Graffiti On The Roads Of Baghdad

Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, had been a very lively and energetic city until recently. The beautiful city began to lose its charm and culture after the war. The movement of 'Imprint of Hope' began with the idea of making Baghdad cleaner. This was started by Ali Abdulrahman who wanted to make Baghdad more lively before he ended his term at university. The dean of his university helped him and soon he had 100 students with him to paint graffiti on the walls of the university. Soon after, the students took the process of beautifying the walls forward and soon covered the main roads of the city of Baghdad.The walls were soon turned into a canvas for the political and armed groups featuring their slogans and campaigns. Have a look at the thoughtful illustrations made by the artists on the walls of Baghdad.

The graffiti on the brick walls of Baghdad tries to spread the message of peace.

Starting with 100 people, the volunteers had reached a whopping 370, where students, carpenters, ironsmiths, artists ,and doctors worked together.

They painted not only the city walls but walls of orphanages, nurseries, and public buildings.

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The aim is to reduce sectarian violence.

Also, there are messages to raise awareness about electricity and water usage and to work together as a community.

On Christmas last year, the volunteers painted some parts of Our Lady of Salvation Syrian Catholic Church.

The church was heavily damaged during the explosions of 2010.

Just splendid!

Ali also wants to change the global perception of Baghdad.

Currently, the group is facing a crisis of cash.

And, the volunteers pay a monthly subscription of 10,000 Iraqi Diners ($8), which is used to buy the paint and brushes.

But, fortunately, sometimes 'Imprint of Hope' gets funded to work for private homes.

This money is used by the group to fund new projects that they undertake.

Although promised by the Iraqi government to receive financial help, the group has received only materialistic help from UNICEF and EU.

They used this money to paint 121 schools in Iraq.

Ali said, 

"No-one wanted to fund us. They didn't understand what we do." He continues, "with the positive reaction we received from the public, everyone is now trying to befriend us."He aims to bring in unity and patriotism among his fellow Iraqis through his work.A step ahead towards positivity, 'Imprint of Hope' should be applauded for their efforts. Kudos!