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Prayers November 2006


In November 2006, “Prayers - An art exhibition by Refugee Children”, was presented in Nu Poe, with the theme of celebrating, respecting and honoring the stories and the lives of refugee children, the issues that they face in the refugee camp, their ideas of peace, as well as the future in which they envision and hope for themselves personally as well as collectively. Paintings and creative writing were part of the exhibition, which was aimed at creating awareness and insight into the stories of these people, also to give the community hope and inspiration for their future. The celebration involved singing, a drawing contest, dancing, drama/ role play by the elderly about the strengths that the elderly can pass down to the children and education about empowerment for youth and children.

 

We invite you to witness and view the stories and journeys of survival by refuee children. May we allow ourselves to be touched by these testaments of strength and courage of the human spirit.

 

This is a selection of artworks which were shown at the exhibition “Prayers” November 2006

 

My Personal Dream for my Future

 

 

My Personal Dream for my Future

“A candle lights up the darkness so that we can see. I want to be a candle, lighting up those around me and my community.”

My Personal Dream for my Future

 

 

My Personal Dream for my Future

“When I grow up, I want to become a soldier for my Karen nation. I want to take a big gun and shoot the Burmese soldiers. I want to become famous and popular among my Karen people. I hope that our Karen flag will fly high in the sky and that other people will respect the Karen people. I hope that our people will be able to possess cars and that we will preserve our environment. We have to defend our environment so that it will not die. It is my dream that every one in the world will know about the Karen people like everyone knows about the sun and we will get our freedom back.”

 

Peace

 

 

Peace

“My painting has many symbols of peace. The eye in the heart means that all Karen people must love everything that they see in the same way with equality. People will live together in the world in peace. Even if there are poor people, we must not look down upon them. We must live with love and light in our hearts. If we live in this way, we will be as holy as this white dove. The white dove is a symbol of peace. Peace in our Karen community means that we must have love and respect and understanding for each other. To have peace, we have to unite and work towards the same goal, and to help each other. The youth in our community can work towards peace by being taught about peace and love. As young people, we have to work towards unity with love in our hearts.”

 

The Art2Healing Project would like to acknowledge the following partners and sponsors:
Angela Berkfield, COERR, Shona Benzason, COEER, Lara Hendy, ARC, and our sponsors UNICEF Thailand.