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The Waiting Room

Syria is home to the world's largest urban refugee population; hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have poured in since the 2003 invasion. Barred from joining the Syrian workforce, they attempt to navigate bureaucratic hurdles and find a new place to call home. Sarah Glidden, with contributing reporting from the Common Language Project, give us a window into their lives.

13 Apr 2011


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30 Dec 2011

great reportage, brava Sara.

30 Dec 2011

Love your drawing style

16 Sep 2011

Wonderful comic, I really wasn't aware of the refugee situation in Syria at all, nor did I know about the ISP initiative, so thank you. Well written, beautifully painted - I'll definitely be sharing this with a few friends.

21 Apr 2011

Impressive and moving, Sarah. I imagine you've seen the film Persepolis, its an interesting parallel story, a girl grows up in Iran during the Iranian revolution.Here in Australia we are always having a fight to get a fair deal for refugees coming here.

19 Apr 2011

Well, done, Sarah. The situation for Iraqis is very similar here in Jordan as in Syria and you've portrayed it and the people affected by it very accurately. The needs of Iraqis are myriad - including basic survival now that UNHCR eligibility process has changed and many wait many more months than before to find out if they are eligible to receive the small monthly financial assistance that Iraqis, banned from working legally, must depend on to survive. More and more Iraqis are fleeing all of the time and most of those we see coming now arrive with very little, if anything, in savings to help them get through. One family we met recently - a mother with two children - arrived with only $7! There is a tremendous and urgent need for such basics as staple foods. Aid programs are being cut back and in some cases, terminated. Meanwhile, as you so accurately portray, they wait ... and wait.....and wait.....

17 Apr 2011

A thousand thanks, Sarah, especially for showing that there are ways to address the refugee crisis (ISP is one) if we can just get the word out to caring people who know that we are one human family. Bless you for using your talent to make the world a better place! Robert Rosser, Executive Director, ISP USA.

16 Apr 2011

Sarah, just wanted to say you've done an amazing job here!

14 Apr 2011

Awesome little piece here. Thanks for mentioning the ISP. As an American I am always looking for places to donate that help Iraqis.

14 Apr 2011

Thank you for the link; some very interesting ideas here.

13 Apr 2011

Thanks so much! I wrote a little bit on the process on the Graphic Journos blog if you want to take a look: But to briefly answer your question, I used both photos and sketches to try and keep things as accurate as possible.

13 Apr 2011

Beautifully done, Sarah. You have quite a knack for getting inside people's lives and simply showing the reality of their day-to-day experiences without falling into the political sniping that has all but subsumed our reporting in the U.S. today. Can you explain a bit about how you work? For instance, are you working from photos of the places you've visited, did you make rough sketches of them while you were there, or did you take a bit of artistic license with the settings and focus on portraying the people accurately instead?

13 Apr 2011

Very interesting and nicely drawn.

13 Apr 2011

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