Musical Postcards connected in 2016 young displaced musicians from the Middle East to students of the Sint Maartenscollege in Maastricht as part of a Hustinx Residency by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven, called 'Ode to Dignity'. Within this musical residency Merlijn shows how creative music making brings dignity and hope for young people anywhere on this globe, whether that is in Maastricht or in war torn Homs. And that is what is needed in a transforming world; hope and dignity to bring out the best in people.
Ghiyath Hamada is 14 years old and comes from the city Homs. He and his mother fled to Egypt and took the boat to Europe. He currently lives in the town Ebeltoft in Denmark. The best thing his mother could do was to buy Ghiyath a cello, so he is able to make music again, like he did in Homs. He hopes to become a musician one day.