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the Drawings

children's renderings of war
children's renderings of war
children's renderings of war
children's renderings of war
children's renderings of war
A few weeks after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, producer Reese Erlich and correspondent Kristin McHugh spent two days in Ingushetia, the neighboring Russian republic of war-torn Chechnya, chronicling the lives of families displaced by the conflict.

The haunting, hand-drawn images scattered throughout this Web site were created nine months later, in the summer of 2002, by some of the same children they met during their trip to Ingushetia. With the help of UNHCR's Moscow and Nazran offices, dozens of children were asked to use paper and crayons to answer the following questions:

  • "What have I seen in the war?"
  • "How has the war affected my life and my family?"
  • "What is life like in my tent city/camp/settlement or home?"

In all, 62 carefully drawn sketches colored by boys and girls ranging in age from 4 to 14 were submitted.

The drawings are horrific in their simplicity. From the frowning sun to the bombed and burning buildings; from the bloody corpses to the remote-trigger landmines ready to explode; and from the smiling family living in a tent to the flowers growing in the vase of a rocket casing, these sketches paint a clear picture of life in a war zone. More importantly, they serve as vivid and blunt reminders of the horrors millions of children around the world face every year.

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