Two Different Worlds


“Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world



You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one”

-John Lennon

In 2015, Turkey had waves of refugees passing through trying to escape war and famine.  The disturbing image of a drowned Syrian boy captivated the world.   Artist Uğur Gallenkuş began to create digital collages that fused together photojournalists sobering images from the Middle East of refugees, war-torn countries, and people battling starvation, with images of familiar, mundane moments, celebrations, and activities from the Western world.  The extreme contrast of the injustice and inequality in these two worlds is riveting and needs no translation. 

Nelson Mandela said. … “as long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” Can you dream of humankind sharing all the world and living as one?  This Thanksgiving, as you gather with your family and friends, consider giving to one of these international human rights organizations.


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