Malik's Legacy: Photograph Wins International Competition

You may remember hearing the sad news that young Malik, a Syrian refugee boy in Beirut who lived with Ehlers Danlos syndrome and who featured in our Christmas worship resources, passed away suddenly at the end of last year.

We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news, but Malik’s story remains an example of the life changing work that our partners at Tahaddi do.

We recently received the news that this beautiful photograph of Malik won first place in a competition hosted by the International Disability and Development Consortium.

Photographer Mona Jouni captured this unique moment when Malik discovered how fun it could be to play the keyboard.

The photograph was exhibited during European Disability and Development Week in December and will be displayed in Brussels until April this year, before being taken on a European tour.

The ‘Together for Inclusion!’ exhibition will showcase the ten winning photographs from the IDDC competition. The photographs feature children, women and men with disabilities who have broken down barriers to enjoy their rights to work, education, healthcare and friendship

While we were distressed to hear of Malik’s passing, we are encouraged that his legacy will live on, raising awareness for inclusive development around the world and acting as testament to the wonderful work of our partners.

Photo Credit: Mona Jouni