Wonderland Superheroes

It is true that there is war in Syria, but not only that; there is also life, there are superheroes, ordinary superheroes that no one hears about…

Pierre Le Corf is a French young man who has given everything he owns for We Are Superheroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to the accompaniment of the marginalized communities to develop their confidence in themselves throug storytelling and various social / educational programs.

The project started on Kickstarter, moved over 5 continents, more than 20 countries, and on March 2016 landed in Aleppo, where the Aleppo Project began.

“My name is Fatimah. If you buy from me, you’d be helping my family. I am no longer a beggar; I want to make money from my work and you can help me. God bless you. Thank you” (Fatima is 11 years)

If you look at foreign media, it shows you the ruins, black flags floating in all the streets, collapsed buildings, missiles illuminating the sky … death, but it does not show you hundreds of thousands of people for whom life continues here despite the war with courage and resilience, tens of thousands of children who go to school every day, hundreds of shops still open … It is about life. Most of them lost everything and are forgotten but they reinvent their life every day, learn and try despite war. We need to understand the reality of the war here despite of the lies in the media, but also learn from them.

“We have a lot of hope even if it’s hard, it’s a test, and I’m sure we’ll get there. I hope that the world will hear us.”

This project sends out a peaceful and tranquil message, it does not indulge in politics and propaganda narrative, it does not show people as weak and broken, but empowers them using their own stories, without pushing towards discrepancy or hatred. Brining out smiles, remembering moments that even mountains could not handle, those individuals feel stronger as they share their survival stories, they truly understand that they are superheroes. Le Corp refuses to be described as a journalist or a politician, but he says “I’m just a humanitarian.”

He has been in Western Aleppo since last March, he has worked with local groups like Maristes Blues D’Alep, he lives among people like one of them, watches their lives, listens to their stories, learns from them and tries to support them by shedding light on small details that restore their hope and will to continue life.

About that Le Corf says

Aleppo is a role model for the world. People here got older. I met a lot of people who have lost everything, and who ran away from their houses with nothing but their pajama. I live here with people who were also touched by bombs. Most of the people here don’t walk straight, or who have tiny dents in their heads because of the bombs. I can tell you a lot of sad things that happen here every day, but what I can tell you is that there’s courage here. People will never give up, even though they sometimes lose hope or are afraid, but people here remake their lives daily, and continue to fight every day, and they’d be ready to continue doing so if only you got interested in what’s really happening here.

Trying to help people for him there does not mean informing the audience about war and suffering on daily basis; help is about informing people of what is actually happening on a much deeper level. This Le Corf tries to show through his eyes.

(This photo on a roadside is about a little boy who lived in 1070, particularly delighted to be washed with powder for clothes but that’s all they have and his mother did not want that it catches lice)

This project is not part of any political agenda, it is pure humanitarian endeavor; an endeavor to present experiences of those who have been fighting every day for years to make Aleppo a better place despite war, people like Rim. She is a courageous young woman, her sister was a basketball coach, she was killed by a sniper. After the death of her sister, Rim decided not to give up, she decided to continue what her sister started. Rim is one of the many heroes and heroines who maintain hope through love, strength and being a role model.

Every Syrian has turned to be a superhero. Each one of us who still wakes up every day to have the usual sip of coffee every morning despite everything, each one of us who still goes to work, to university, to school, to pray, and to dance. Yes.

We Are Superheroes!

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