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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Through the eyes of children


Dr Annie Sparrow and Olivier Bercault wanted to concentrate on the adults in the group, so they provided the children with crayons and paper to keep themselves amused. When the researchers had finished their interviews, they looked at what the children had drawn. Unbidden, they had drawn what was uppermost in their minds: scenes of unmitigated horror.
Click through to the article to see more drawings, and some explanations in the children's words about what they are drawing. Horrifying. Also more images are here (via Instapundit)


Blogger The probligo said...

As happened with Rwanda, there is no genocide.

The only difference is that Sudan has been going some 30 years...

How sad.

How damning of the rest of us...

5/04/2005 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew Watkins said...

Goddamn; this really shook me up. I don't know how someone can look at this, and say we shouldn't do something about it. If the actions of the United States are related to our rhetoric at all, and we have any inkling of concern for the people of other nations, I don't know how we aren't in Darfur.

Somebody tell me these little kids wouldn't be taken care of, wouldn't have US Army protection, if their parents were lucky enough to have raised them on top of an oil field.

Sorry for the overly cynical, dramatic tone, but this whole situation is really shitty.

5/05/2005 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew Watkins said...

By the way, I appreciate all the news you link to, all the commentary on Darfur -- not a lot of bloggers spend time on it, I know I haven't, but it's important stuff, and I follow what you post.

5/05/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

Actually, they are on an oil field which is a lot of the root of the problem in dealing with this.

Sudan doesn't have a lot of oil, but it is signifigant enough and both China and France have made a decision to play nice with the current government rather than put serious pressure on them to stop.

5/05/2005 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew Watkins said...

Well my ignorance shines through like a fucking laser, doesn't it?

I am now ashamed, and have clearly not been blogging about this enough -- I guess my problem is, for whatever the reason, oil or otherwise, we are in Iraq and not Sudan. Sudan, on almost all counts, is just as shitty as Iraq was, and I don't see why they don't deserve our help as much as Iraqis do.

5/05/2005 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger The probligo said...

Andrew, the "interest" has to exist before the action.

There was "US interest" in Iraq. Something was done.

There is none in Sudan. Yet.

You want to see similar childrens' art?

Look to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Palestine.

5/05/2005 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

There are numerous reasons we are in Iraq and not Sudan.

The simplist of course is we can't invade everywhere that bad things happen and Iraq was deemed to be easier and give us more gains for or effort. Iraq was also easier to get support for invading.

Probligo: Including Palestine on that list isn't fair. I certainly will agree that the Israelis haven't be perfect in their treatment of Palestine, but that street runs both ways. I am sure many Israeli children who have been victims of Palestinian bombings could also draw some horrific pictures. If Israel wanted to commit genocide against the Palestinians they could and the results would be far more horrific than what we see in Darfur. The Israeli military is far better equiped and far more deadly than the Janjaweed militias.

5/05/2005 06:12:00 PM  

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