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>> Vivid brushstrokes telling a dark story. Syrian children displaced by violence painting the lives they've grown up knowing. But is a shopping mall in China the right place to get their message across?>> I'm Anita Lee in Shanghai, where an organization called Chinese Initiative on International Law is using art made by young Syrian refugees to highlight the migrant crisis in Europe.
China wants to play greater role in global affairs, but it hasn't opened it's doors to a single middle Eastern refugee. Part of the problem here is it's out of sight, out of mind to many Chinese, that war-torn part of the world and its issues are simply too far away.
China may not have a shining record when it comes to refugees, but Amnesty International actually ranks it number one for welcoming them. Based on a survey asking people how willing they would be to embrace them. Exhibit Curator Liu Yiqiang says this could be down to a crucial misunderstanding.
>> The word refugee can be translated different ways in Chinese. The amnesty survey likely used a word that made people think of something like local victims of a flood, rather than people forced out of their country by war.>> A state media survey says less than 10% of Chinese people would welcome foreign refugees.
But really the numbers are irrelevant, because China actually has no legal framework to support them. It's an uphill battle, but Liu says using art is better than nothing.>> I don't have any real answers, I just hope what we're doing now will encourage more Chinese people to help a little.
And then maybe there will be a turning point in the crisis.>> Liu hopes to auction off the art and use the money to send Chinese volunteers to teach in Turkey, giving young Syrians there a shot at a brighter future.