No Cameras Allowed

A good night's sleepPhotographs were not allowed in the art gallery of the African Cultural Center, where the temporary exhibition of “The Children of Darfur: Surviving Genocide” can be seen. While being treated at a refugee camp, children who were able were given paper and crayons to draw on. The 29 framed pictures hanging on the walls give a deeply disturbing look at the reality these kids and so many others have faced. Most show pictures of soldiers shooting people and bombs being dropped from airplanes onto village huts, but the most haunting drawings to me are the five or six where a lone hand is the focal point. I was a bit confused by this at first, until I came across one of them which looks as if blood is coming out of the wrist, followed by another picture of a group of people running away from someone with a machete.

Are we indifferent because these problems are so far away? Or because the victims have dark skin? Or because we have no economic interest in the region? Or because the horror is so great that we can not bare to face them?

My children draw pictures of rainbows and horses and people smiling. No machetes, no dismembered hands, no blood. Their nightmares, as rarely as they have them, go away when they wake up. Maybe we should have more problems sleeping at night, since there are far too many places in this world where cameras are not allowed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_conflict
http://www.genocideintervention.net/
http://www.savedarfur.org/
http://www.darfurgenocide.org/
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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 19, 2006 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    yes.

  2. Susan
    Posted October 11, 2006 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Maybe we should have more problems sleeping at night, since there are far too many places in this world where cameras are not allowed.

    I completely disagree.

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