Noma Bar's powerful Amnesty International illustration captures the horror of border separations

Irish agency Boys + Girls commissioned the iconic illustrator

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jun 26, 2018

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The separation of children from their families at the Mexican border--which dominated the news last week and eventually saw President Trump performing a u-turn on the policy--has sparked some powerful creative from artists and illustrators.

As well as Time Magazine's "Welcome to America" cover, Amnesty International Ireland, via Irish agency Boys and Girls, commissioned illustrator Noma Bar to create an image highlighting the border crisis. The image subverts the stars and stripes, with the red stripes forming the bars of a cage, and the face of crying chid, in blue, looking out with a star as their eye.

The agency also made a radio ad in which "The Star Spangled Banner" played stumblingly on a piano is interrupted by the sounds of crying children, taken from recordings made at the detention camps.

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Jun 26, 2018
Amnesty International
Boys and Girls
Executive Creative Director:
Rory Hamilton
Creative Director:
Laurence O'Byrne
Creative Director:
Mark Tuthill
Head of Client Services:
Pat Stephenson
Noma Bar
Illustration Agency:
Dutch Uncle
Sound Design:
Denis Kilty

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