STAND Against Genocide Exhibition

Elizabeth Stockton
27 April 2015

“Drawings from Darfur: Conflict from Children’s Perspectives,” Tuesday 28th April, Barron Theatre, 5:30pm.

 

More details of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/660258740776840/

 

The STAND Against Genocide Society is a student led initiative to end mass atrocities. It focuses on raising awareness about past and present genocides, and aims to prevent future genocides. In order to prevent these, the focus of STAND is to raise awareness, educating ourselves, and others about the horrors that exist in the world, and remembering those that have past. With this understanding we are motivated and can motivate others to create a lasting change in the world. The STAND chapter at St Andrews focuses both on raising money, and raising awareness, choosing to support different organizations each year that work with people affected by mass atrocities. This time last year STAND Against Genocide hosted a week for Remembering Rwanda, showing the film ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ and hosted a panel discussion featuring experts on Rwanda. This year, we are hosting an exhibition focused on the genocide in Darfur.

Drawings of guns, militiamen, and burning Sudanese villages will make their way to St Andrews on Tuesday, 28 April. The University’ Stand Against Genocide society, in collaboration with the Wiener Library in London, will be showcasing 15 drawings from the non-governmental organization Waging Peace. Through their advocacy and research projects, Waging Peace works to promote a full implementation of international human rights treaties, and their current priority is Sudan. The drawings came about during a 2007 fact-finding mission in Eastern Chad. A Waging Peace researcher gave pencils and paper to children between the ages of 6 and 18, and asked them to draw their strongest memory of their past and their future dreams. Over 500 drawings later, the children’s sketches depicted attacks on their villages and the murders of their family members, largely carried out by the Sudanese government and their allied Janjaweed militia.

Since the fact-finding trip in 2007, the drawings have been accepted by the International Criminal Court as contextual evidence of the crimes committed in Darfur, and they have been exhibited around the world to inform as many people as possible about the realities of violence and the impact it has on children. Stand Against Genocide is incredibly pleased to exhibit these drawings in the St Andrews community to ignite conversations about the violence in Darfur and the next steps that can be taken to prevent future conflicts.

The exhibition will be in the Barron Theatre on Tuesday, 28 April from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is free of charge, but all donations to Waging Peace will be accepted.

Image credit: Waging Peace website http://wagingpeace.info/index.php/the-drawings

Image credit: Waging Peace website http://wagingpeace.info/index.php/the-drawings

This boy was 8 when his village in Darfur was attacked in 2004.

His drawing describes this attack, where Janjaweed forces (drawn on horseback) and Sudanese forces (in vehicles and tanks) worked together to burn his village, kill many civilians (shown lying on the ground) and displace survivors.

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