DAMASCUS– Driven by the desire to pay tribute to the city of Palmyra and to Syrian chief archeologist Khaled al-Asa'ad who was murdered by ISIS, Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish traveled from his country to Syria to see with his own eyes the reality of what is happening here, SANA reported.
Cornish told SANA that he visited Syria before last May as a member of Australian athletes’ delegation “Boxers for Peace” headed by Rev. David Smith, noting that the delegation visited Palmyra a few weeks after the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the city from the clutches of ISIS.
“It was an honor to be able to visit such an important place but also very sad to witness the destruction that had been carried out. I painted the portrait of Khaled al-Asa'ad in the Amphitheater where he was executed. It was quite surreal having had only seen footage of this place on the internet, of the horrible crimes committed there,” he said.