How would you use art to raise awareness about hunger? Earlier this year, the WFP office in Brussels, Belgium asked students to submit artwork highlighting their unique point of view on how together we can end hunger. They received over ten inspirational pieces that showcased how students are imagining a hunger-free future. Here’s the story behind one of those young artists. Meet Claire.
Claire Samii believes that art is a great way to change the world. She’s an eighteen-year-old student at the Lyceum Emile Jacqmain in Brussels who plays hockey, loves music and art, and chairs her school’s student council. When she heard that WFP was calling on students to participate in an art exhibition to show the public and decision-makers in Brussels how hunger is the world's most solvable problem, she took the opportunity to use her artistic talent to express her view on how hunger could be solved.
Her vision for a more equitable world inspired how she created her piece.
“I've designed a path leading to an equal world. After overcoming obstacles and implementing social and spiritual transformations like human rights for all, a good government in each country, a fair redistribution of resources, social justice and learning new values, we shall arrive to a fair and better world- the home of all mankind's citizens,” she said describing her artwork. “I imagine many happy people living in the house, all accepting one another. They all have different ethnic backgrounds. In fact, they are all citizens of one world, our earth.”
Watching TV footage from the famine in Somalia motivated Claire to do her part to help solve hunger.
“I was so touched and saddened to see these people walking miles to get to a camp offering food,” she said. “They sometimes had to wait days long to have a place in that camp. A father told the reporter that by the time they got to a place, some of their children had already died. “
When she learned about WFP and its effort to get young people on board in the fight against hunger, she got involved with the Brussels WFP office. Her goal is to get other students involved to make a difference in their communities.
“We can all empower ourselves to make the world a better place,” she said.
Claire believes her art work demonstrates that when students use their voice to speak up, they are heard – both by decision-makers and peers across the globe. The showcase in the Brussels office is just one empowering example of how young people are imagining a hunger-free future and working to make it a reality.
When she graduates, Claire hopes to take a “gap year” before continuing her studies to travel and learn more about other cultures and herself. We hope she’ll keep using her artistic skills and creativity to get the word out on hunger.
How would you use art to get the word out on hunger? Share your ideas with us @WFP_Students.