Mural from Narnia and Islamabad
With an aim to promote peace and harmony among people in various parts
of the world belonging to different religions, sects, races and cultures, the children of
Islamabad started painting peace murals last month that have now been completed.
A group of children, comprising Hamza, Fatima, Sara, Zehra, Sarah, Faris, Shehryar, Dawar
and Yawar from Pakistan painted children of France, Italy, Africa and Vietnam in their two
murals on 'multi-cultural harmony' measuring 6x4 feet. In the process, they adopted
different ways to express their strong desire for global peace, as words 'peace', 'salam'
and 'amn' were written on murals in various languages, including Sanskrit, French, Italian
The group worked on these murals in the studio of Fauzia Minallah, who also hosts the
Funkor Child Art Centre, which has organised the event for global campaign 'Art Miles
Mural Project' (AMMP) for universal peace and brotherhood through art.
"We can make a difference through art at individual level, as this small group of
children promoted the idea that Pakistan is not all about suicide bombings and extremism,
but its people are peace-loving," said Fauzia. Both murals were partially painted by
this group of nine Pakistanis while the leftout spaces would be painted by French and
For that purpose, USA AMMP Italian Coordinator Giuseppe Fortunati organised an event in
Italy for completion of murals at the spectacular fortress of Narni, known as Albornoz's
Fortress. The administration of Narni gave special permission to Fauzia Minallah and
Guiseppe Fortunati to complete the murals in the famous tourist site.
Equipped with paintbrushes and colours, the Italian children aged 10-15 years excitedly
started completing the murals. The older ones like Naomi and Vera sketched the main
figures while the younger ones filled in by painting them.
children also painted an American Cowboy and a Chinese girl. Massimilliano also painted
the face of the fascinating lion called Aslan, the statues of which are found in
Narni and which is also a main character in the Chronicles of Narnia.
Four years old
Chiara painted a flower and then guided by her mother decorated the "Ghagra'
'choli' (traditional dress of the girl from Thar, Pakistan). At the end the mural was
embellished by small mirrors which are used in the decoration of clothes in Pakistan.
Luigi, Laura and Sonia offered the famous Italian ice cream to children. All in all
it was a beautiful 'cultural' exchange thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Tourists and
onlookers also joined us and soon there was 'Freiden' written in German by 2 young
sisters, adding their own colors and messages of 'peace', giving a climate of contagious
joy to this meaningful event. This cultural exchange was publicized in the Italian
is the magical city which inspired C.S.Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia, and now
it has become even more famous after the Hollywood film based on the book.
Amazingly, the murals, started by some children in Islamabad, travelled all around the
world and were completed by multicultural children with messages of peace and harmony
expressed in so many languages. These murals will be a part of the 'Grand Exhibition of
Peace' planned by the AMMP in Egypt in 2010 and will be among thousands of other murals to
adorn the spectacular pyramids.
Fauzia Aziz Minallah at Narni town
Fauzia Aziz Minallah ,
And now we have one more Mural for share the Pace message around the