We continued working on the mural today, and we will do so every Saturday until it's finished. I worked with Jaffa again. We finished our master piece! Well actually, Jaffa took the lead today; finishing off the final details himself. He was confident, he knew what needed to be done, and he did it. He was proud of the finished piece and I was proud of him.
The Mural has an Islamic pattern as the background. This is because the boys come from Afghanistan, and the pattern is supposed to recall the patterns from their home. The paintings are inspired by Afghan truck art and include pictures that are important to the boys. We added portraits of important figures to the boys including a famous Afghan football player. They also added the Indonesian and Afghan flag to pay homage to their home country and their country of refuge.
Since Jaffa was so independent this morning, I was able to work with Abdula. He is eleven years old like Jaffa. I think that Abdula felt more comfortable to join in on the painting after seeing Jaffa work so successfully. He painted a komodo dragon (a type of giant lizard found only in Indonesia).
Most of the boys are in their teens, and a lot of them have natural talent for painting. Some boys like painting the pattern background, others prefer to paint a picture.
In the center of the mural they painted the dove of peace. A hopeful symbol of peace for the future.