Janjaweed in Crayon
August 1, 2005 8:18 AM   Subscribe

On mission along the border of Chad and Darfur, Human Rights Watch researchers gave children notebooks and crayons to keep them occupied while they spoke with the children's parents. Without any instruction or guidance, the children drew scenes from their experiences of the war in Darfur. Here are those drawings.
posted by ewagoner (16 comments total)
 
I heard about this on NPR this morning, and I meant to look for the images. This is totally amazing (and in another sense, totally scary and chilling). Children are awesome.
posted by Plutor at 8:20 AM on August 1, 2005


Terrible, lovely, and heartbreaking. [Good.]
posted by steef at 8:25 AM on August 1, 2005


Fuck.
posted by signal at 8:26 AM on August 1, 2005


.
posted by voltairemodern at 8:33 AM on August 1, 2005


Critique of children's artwork
posted by Balisong at 9:14 AM on August 1, 2005


Those were incredibly hard to look at. Quite amazing.
posted by pookzilla at 9:53 AM on August 1, 2005


I heard about this on NPR this morning, too. Interesting. The quotes are fascinating, too:
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.
Yikes.
posted by gramschmidt at 10:01 AM on August 1, 2005


kids are amazing creatures. i am often sure they are closer to whatever the "answers" are in life then we as adults will ever be.

I am slightly suspicious of spontanious coloring activities. but whatever the motivation, these are facinating.
posted by nadawi at 10:14 AM on August 1, 2005


"If a body catch a body comin' through the rye..."
Where oh where are the catchers in the rye?

Thank you for the amazing link.
posted by state fxn at 10:36 AM on August 1, 2005


Salah, Age 13

“There were soldiers from Sudan, Janjaweed, and planes and bombs. I saw the Janjaweed take girls and women. The women were screaming. They seized them, they took them by force. The pretty ones were taken away…Girls were taken, small girls too, I think 5 and 7 and 14. Some came back after four or five hours…some we haven’t seen again.”
posted by five fresh fish at 10:41 AM on August 1, 2005


Similar ahh, innocence (as in unfiltered) has came from North Korean children illustrating cannibalism.
Bad stuff.
posted by buzzman at 5:20 PM on August 1, 2005


The story of what happened in North Korea will undoubtedly be among the most grim in mankind's history.
posted by five fresh fish at 6:00 PM on August 1, 2005


buzzman, fff: I can't find those North Korean drawings. Would you by any chance have the URL handy?
posted by candle in the dark at 7:05 PM on August 1, 2005


I don't have one. I was thinking more about the stories that would come out of there once the present dictatorship collapses. That's going to have to happen soon; Kim must surely be heading toward death.

Hope the fucker doesn't think to take us all along with him. That could ruin a fellow's day.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:51 PM on August 1, 2005


So, basically, you have no source?
posted by candle in the dark at 10:45 PM on August 1, 2005


I believe that's exactly what I said.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:59 AM on August 2, 2005


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