Sarah Glidden is winning plaudits all over for How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, and while that title is obviously facetious, here’s another project of hers that uses comics to explain a complex situation: The Waiting Room, a non-fiction webcomic about the lives of Iraqi refugees in Syria. If your mental picture of refugees includes skeletal people huddling in mud-spattered tents, go read this comic; these refugees are living in an urban area, but they are still trapped in limbo, unable to work or leave. Sarah “puts a face on the problem,” as we say in the newspaper biz, by allowing several of the refugees to tell their own stories. It’s great documentary comics and well worth a look.
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