RI mom creates mural for immigrant children separated from parents

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SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Scituate woman is turning her emotions into art as efforts continue to reunite more than 2,000 immigrant children with their families.

After hearing about the amount of families being torn apart at the U.S.- Mexico border, Frances Tulk-Hart said she was heartbroken and felt compelled to do something about it.

“I draw 30 children every day to say, ‘no, this is not ok,’ and I’ll carry on doing it until the families are reunited,” Tulk-Hart said.

She is now on a mission to create a mural by drawing more than 2,000 faceless children representing each of the young immigrants who were taken into custody, apart from their parents.

“I want to draw every single child that has been taken from their family, has been separated, has been ripped apart from their family,” Tulk-Hart added.

She says her message is not a political one, but rather a human one. Her hope is that by creating the mural, the sufferings the families have been through will never be forgotten.

“As a mother I can relate, and I relate to it every single day,” she said. “It’s my biggest fear that my kids will be taken from me. I’m sure it’s every family’s biggest fear that they’ll be taken, and it’s these families – these 4,000 parents, mothers and fathers – it’s their reality. Their kids have been taken from them. And these little babies, from newborns to 17, are without their parents now. And they are in hell. It’s heartbreaking.”

President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice of separating families a the border last month. Tulk-Hart hopes that her mural will help people remember the sufferings of families who were already torn apart prior to the new order. 

“It makes me think about it every day and then I post it on social media so those that see it have to think about it every day. I don’t want this to disappear,” Tulk-Hart said.

Once the mural is complete, Tulk-Hart said she plans to donate her artwork to a museum or organization so the issue is never forgotten.

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