War Through Crayons

That the conflict in Darfur could strip the innocence even from children's crayon drawings seems almost unthinkable. But the effect is clear to anyone who sees "Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur through Children's Eyes" at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Human Rights Watch researchers gave crayons and paper to children in seven Chad refugee camps and watched as their trauma showed in scraggly images of the conflict: machine-gun-wielding attackers, burning homes and people running -- and dying. But these are children, so there are scenes of happiness, images from a more peaceful past or a hoped-for future. The exhibit is not a relief from the bad news, but it makes the conflict more human than any dispatch could.
May 30-June 28

 
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