SUDAN WATCH: More Children's Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Saturday, April 30, 2005

More Children's Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Further to yesterday's post here, featuring Ethan Zuckermann's post on children's drawings from Darfur, here are some more images and captions, courtesy Human Rights Watch:

Children’s Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Above drawing by Mahmoud, Age 13
Human Rights Watch: What's happening here?
Mahmoud: These men in green are taking the women and the girls.
Human Rights Watch: What are they doing?
Mahmoud: They are forcing them to be wife.
Human Rights Watch: What's happening here?
Mahmoud: The houses are on fire.
Human Rights Watch: What's happening here?
Mahmoud: This is an Antonov. This is a helicopter. These here, at the bottom of the page, these are dead people.

Children’s Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Above drawing by Doa, Age 11 or 12
Janjaweed descend on a village on horses and camels, a woman flings her arms in the air as she is targeted for sexual violence or execution. A soldier takes a woman to be raped. She has a cell phone next to her head: "She wants to call the agencies for help."

Children’s Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Above drawing by Leila, Age 9
Human Rights Watch: What is going on here?
Leila: My hut burning after being hit by a bomb.
Human Rights Watch: And here? [Pointing to the drawing of what looks like an upside-down woman]
Leila: It's a woman. She is dead.
Human Rights Watch: Why is her face colored in red?
Leila: Oh, because she has been shot in the face.
Human Rights Watch: What is this vehicle? Who is this in green?
Leila: That is a tank. The man in green is a soldier.

Children's Drawings from Darfur, Sudan

Above drawing by Ala, Age 13
Like many other children, Ala witnessed conflict between rebel groups and the Janjaweed. This drawing depicts a rebel soldier first shot in the arm, then executed by gunshots to the groin. Ali, a teacher in a refugee camp, said the rebels are killed this way to emasculate them. "They [the Janjaweed] know what they are doing," he said. "They are doing it with purpose."

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