Thursday, July 23, 2015


One Day I Had to Run

My Village in Sudan

My Village in Sudan

Painting by Bor Alier, aged 17, Sudanese, Kakuma refugee camp. 

"In my village in Sudan, people would come and take photographs of us and ask about our terrible life. We would tell them how we had lost our cattle, how we needed help. Then they would go away. Again and again. We thought they would help. Then one day we had to run. We had nothing. Nobody came back to help. Don't ask me about my problems. You will just go away too."
Credit: One Day We Had to Run!: Refugee Children tell Their Stories in Words and Paintings
(Evans Brothers Limited, London). Courtesy of UNHCR. Used with permission.
There are five more paintings in this series.
I recommend reading Dave Eggers' novel What Is The What based on the life story of Valentino Achak Deng, founder of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

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