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THE 10-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN “PICASSO” THAT THRILLS TO SERBIA

Krnjaca (Serbia) / Farhad Noory is ten years old and he loves painting. He does it so well that in Serbia, where he came from Afghanistan as a refugee eight months ago, he has become famous as “the little Picasso” and has even been offered Serbian nationality to him and his family.

“I feel happy when I’m painting and drawing. I use my time in the best way,” Farhad tells EFE at the asylum center in Krnjaca, about 20 kilometers from Belgrade, where he shares a small room with his parents and two brothers.

In early August, this young artist starred in his first exhibition in a café in Belgrade, a premiere in the art world that also had a beneficial purpose: raise money for the treatment of a Serbian child who is suffering from a brain tumor.

The talent and generosity of Farhad had a great reflection in the Serbian media.

“Great heart of the little painter”; “Little Picasso teaches humanity”; “The little emigrant helps the child of Serbia,” were some of the headlines while echoed Farhad’s gesture.

“I wanted to help the child, that’s human, and above all, it’s good because I helped him with my own money, not with my father’s money or anybody else’s money,” Farhad says in a correct English.

The impact was such that the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, received the child and his family last week and offered them the Serbian nationality, in case they decide to remain in this country.

The head of state even promised the father of the boy, who is professional plasterer who would give him work and a scholarship for Farhad to study painting.

The family has not yet decided whether to stay in the Balkan country, which has fled the war and poverty in their country after a two-year trip through Iran, Turkey, Greece, Albania and Kosovo.

A trip that was destined to some rich country of the European Union.

With the so-called Balkan route closed since March 2016, the Noory family has been living in Serbia for eight months, a country that Farhad claims he likes and where he would like to study painting. The boy already speaks even a little Serbian.

At the moment, in September will begin to receive classes of painting and photography, another art that interests to him, in the Center of Culture for Children of Belgrade.

It will be the first time that he receives training in painting, as he has so far learned alone, with the help of tutorials found on the YouTube video channel.

In addition, Fahrad is happy because in September will also begin to go to primary school.

At the refugee center where he lives, his artistic skills soon attracted attention in workshops organized for refugees by different NGOs.

“I’d rather draw portraits. There is no particular reason for it, I just like it”, says the boy, who has among his works images of characters such as the German chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish painters Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dalí, the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic or the American actress Angelina Jolie.

“I have drawn these people because they have interesting faces”, says the small painter.

The little boy Noory says his favorite painter is Pablo Picasso.

“It’s because when he draws people, he sees something else. In the faces puts one eye here, another there, and I like that a lot”, he explains. (September 1, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
de un niño de Afganistán que está viviendo en un país de Europa.
B
de un niño refugiado en Serbia que desea volver a su país de origen.
C
de un niño serbio que desea viajar a otros países de Europa.
Question 2
Según el texto, Farhad Noory está en Serbia...
A
porque quiere aprender a pintar en una escuela de este país.
B
porque le gusta conocer otros países.
C
porque tuvo que abandonar su país junto con su familia a causa de la guerra.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que este niño...
A
lleva casi un año viviendo en Serbia.
B
acaba de llegar a Serbia.
C
ha convencido a su familia para que se queden a vivir en Serbia.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
A
Farhad pinta los rostros de personas famosas porque se lo pide la gente.
B
Farhad pinta muy bien aunque no está muy interesado en la pintura.
C
a Farhad le apasiona pintar el rostro de las personas.
Question 5
¿Por qué llaman a Farhad 'el pequeño Picasso'?
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Porque conoce a la perfección toda la obra de Picasso.
B
Porque le gusta Picasso aunque no le gusta pintar.
C
Porque pinta muy bien y le gusta mucho Picasso.
Question 6
Este niño afgano ayudó económicamente a un menor de Serbia.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 7
Según el texto, Farhad considera interesante cómo retrataba Picasso a las personas.
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No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
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