Boston College Hosts Exhibit of Drawings by the Children of Darfur
The exhibition, organized by the UK-based human rights organization Waging Peace, has been shown throughout the world to raise awareness about the crisis in
The origins of the exhibition began in the summer of 2007 when Waging Peace researcher
Schmitt began speaking with children, giving them paper and pencils and asking them to describe in pictures their strongest memories, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. She found that while some of the children's drawings dwelled on daily life in the village or refugee camp, most depicted -- in graphic detail -- attacks on their village by Sudanese government forces and their allied Janjaweed militia: adult men being killed; women being shot, beaten and taken prisoner; babies being thrown on fires; and government helicopters and planes bombing civilians.
The actions shown in the drawings, according to Waging Peace, "directly contradict the Government of
"Each picture is an expression of hope created at a moment when a child, through art, overcame fear and despair and asked the world to listen and take action," he explains. "The pictures are evidence of the remarkable capacity that even young children have to search their world for good people who will listen to their story and help them to cope. As citizens of the same world that these children call home, they are, of course, shouting to us."
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.