The Displaced

Automatic writing exercise (5 min):

This morning we watched a video about three refugee children from three different countries. One was a little boy from Ukraine whose house got bombed and he had to flee to another village. he then returned to his old home, finding it had been completely destroyed and finding the dead body of his grandad in the garden. There was a little boy from South Sudan whose house had been burned down and who had to go and live in the swamps. Finally, a little girl from Syria had fled with her family to Lebanon where she had to get up every morning at 4 a.m to work to help support her family. The video was a New York Times video and it was really impressive, as it as a 360 degrees video. This meant that we could move our phones around as much as we liked to had a good look at the environment which was being filmed : it was like being there physically and being able to see everything, even what is behind you. We then had to illustrate that video, thinking about how we would represent vulnerable children. I made a drawing that had a map in it showing where each different country was and then drawing arrows and houses to show that people were having to move away from the homes and leave everything behind. I drew lots of little men and bigger portraits of the three children, pointing to were they had to flee.

I remember thinking for the first time that I was capable of giving my opinion through illustration on such a heavy and challenging subject.

5 keys words:

360 degrees, illustration, refugees, home, video

Concept: Immersing ourselves into other people’s lives / Immersion


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