The United Nations announced that the number of persons seeking asylum or escape from areas of conflict in 2016 reached 65.6 million, which is even more than there was after World War II. Many of these refugees live in dire conditions, so a Syrian refugee and an artist, Abdalla Al Omari, decided to act and send an urgent message to the world leaders, most of whom seem to be indifferent to the crisis.

Abdalla has created a series of paintings he called 'The Vulnerability Series', where he reimagines the world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and more, as refugees themselves, putting them in harsh situations actual refugees face daily.

"Intimate hours I spent with them have thought me more than I could imagine. Just as easily as everything worth defending can become defenseless, moments of absolute powerlessness can give you superpowers," Abdalla writes on his website. "In this universe without gravity, all we can hold on to is our vulnerability. I have convinced myself it is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate."

More info: Abdalla Al Omari | Twitter (h/t: attn, demilked)

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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Kiki L.
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3 years ago

What a cool idea

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#2

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

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Kyan De Catfish
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3 years ago

Is that an airstriske?

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#3

The Queue

The Queue

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Harvey Tydeman
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3 years ago

is that david cameron?

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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white widow
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3 years ago

does it say nuke the world?

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#5

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

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Uno. playero
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3 years ago

Ahaha, like a russian grandmother.......

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#6

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Ie Va
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3 years ago

This is cool. Maybe his skin color, but he really looks the one from the sad news.

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David Cameron

David Cameron

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tbbaot
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3 years ago

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Where are the suicide bomb vests and other weapons the "refugees" bring to our cities?

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Varteni Davies
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3 years ago

This is the worst man

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Yarmouk

Yarmouk

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

This one is really amazing, the expressions on detail, the grief, dispair, hopelessness, I wonder if these persons in the lonelyness of their rooms reflect on their contribution to the world crisis. Powerful art expression and skill.

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The Boat

The Boat

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John Smith
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3 years ago

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A boatload of pussy.

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#11

François Hollande And Nicolas Sarkozy

François Hollande And Nicolas Sarkozy

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cyberbird
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't believe this will happen anyway, but deep in their hearts and conciousness these images depict their ownselves.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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BoredBunnies
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3 years ago

Thought someone just slammed their keyboard for a second.

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Bashar Al-assad

Bashar Al-assad

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Ie Va
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3 years ago

Devil

#14

Aggressor And The Victim

Aggressor And The Victim

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Master Markus
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3 years ago

I'm a bit confused as to how this fits into the set. Are these recognizable people to anyone?

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Abdel Fattah El-sisi

Abdel Fattah El-sisi

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

I'm sure not few times this person would prefer the image and life of himself depicted here.

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#16

Dream Number 80

Dream Number 80

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The Boat 2

The Boat 2

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Basil Thunder
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3 years ago

I see al Assad