Drawings by Eritrean refugee children from Aaidun and Nidal Elementary in Kassala, South East Sudan, with accompanying stories written by children of Flemington Primary School, Melbourne Australia.
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It looks like a house next to a tree. It is a very lucky house because it has a beach right in front of it with a boat. There is a pole with a star on top next to the building. The background looks like a bush with a dam.
There was a boy and a girl. The boy had a ship and the girl had a car. The boy went out to sea. The boy and the girl have a battle. The boy won the war but he was lost. The girl won because she took the ships. There was a man who wanted a battle and the ship has guns and the car has guns. After they had a battle they went home to make a plane.
Once upon a time there was a girl called Rose and a boy called Jack. One day they saw a big M with blue and grey on it. Then they saw a rock with some writing on it. Then Rose saw an underwater village with a mermaid from the sea.
Once upon a time there was a boy called Jack. He lived in the village and had a mum. His mum was 20 years old and Jack was 8 years old. They went to a shop and bought a dog. The dog’s name was Cawf. They had a happy day.
Once I saw a woman drawing a picture. I didn’t know what it was so I asked her. It was a refugee painting. I said “WOW, that’s so cool!” Then a man came and said the same thing as me. The woman was really happy. Then a girl came and said the same thing as the man. She was having enough, she was getting annoyed. She had had enough. She went home. She had to go home because it was bedtime. The next day she went to the street. I walked past and said “ What are you painting?” She said “flowers”. I said, “cool”. Then lots of people came and said the same thing as me. She wasn’t annoyed. She was happy. She made lots of friends including me. She and her new friends lived a really, really, really good life.
Once upon a time there was a man who was a singer. He met a kid and the singer sang a song to the kid. The kid loved it. He told everybody.
In a small house was a mum, a happy mum. The boy was in the tree house. It was raining. Another mum was in the garden making flowers. The dad was sleeping. The mum came to wake him up. Lightening came, they were sad because the tree house fell apart. The boy was crying. The dad woke up. The baby was in the room, he was crying. The mum decided to go to the broken tree house. Then they saw a phone.
One day I was walking down the road when I saw a flower. It was pink. It was a pinky flower.
I was walking down the road when I saw a flower. It was pink and had lots of pollen. It was a pinky, polleny flower.
I was walking down the road when I saw a flower. It was pink, had pollen and it was quite ancient. It was a pinky, polleny, ancient flower.
I was walking down the road when I saw a flower. It was pink, had a lot of pollen, quite ancient and it smelt bad. It was a pinky, polleny, ancient, stinky flower.
Places that are amazing
A person who is rich
Let people live in it
A King and a Queen
Cakes for feasts
Eggs for the cakes for the feast
Once upon a time there lived a boy who lived in a truck and a house made out of sticks and leaves. He lived near palm trees and other different types of trees. The roof was made of straw. A sign was also near his house.
Once there was a family that lived on a farm. All they had was a chicken. They didn’t have much. Two palm trees as well as a house. They were very poor.
Once upon a time there lived a white robot. His house had plants and a garden. He was lonely. He had nobody to play with. Then a rainbow blasted out of the sky. Then this robot came to him and said “Hello”. They have been friends forever.
Once upon a time there was this man called Abdulula and he had a wife called Ms. Abdulula. He lived in a metal house and he called it Abdulula house. The windows were made of wood.
Words and pictures
This post features drawings by Eritrean refugee children from Aaidun and Nidal Elementary in Kassala, South East Sudan, with accompanying stories written by children of Flemington Primary School, Melbourne Australia.
The aim of this project is to stimulate links between students from the schools, and through the sharing of the pictures and stories to develop a deeper understanding of each other’s culture, beliefs and living conditions.
The project has grown out of the gift of art work produced by Eritrean refugee children in Aaidun and Nidal Elementary and brought to Melbourne by Mr Anwar Alishek from the Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Aid (EAHA), a Melbourne Rotarian supporting Eritrean refugees in Sudan.
Some of the drawings and accompanying stories were exhibited at Gallery Sunshine Everywhere in 2015. http://www.gallerysunshine.com/2015_Exhibitions/Pages/14_Jun_2015.html#grid
This is a joint project of Gallery Sunshine Everywhere, College of Education, Victoria University and the Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Association, facilitated by Sarah Tartakover, Maureen Ryan and Anwar Alishek.
This project was supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and will continue into 2016 with support from Brimbank City Council.
There is a pdf of the first book printed in this series available for download: https://app.box.com/s/pb2p9cmsjn520z10ebct71cwaf244m8m
Book layout and web design by Debbie Qadri