Saturday, March 19, 2016

7 - From the depths of the sea, and other stories

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.

To learn more about Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Aid (EAHA)  and how you can help refugee children in Sudan through education, visit or email


The bush

Once upon a time there were people that lived in huts.  They were in the bush.  They saw a flag that was green, red, black and white.  There were trees everywhere and they were cold.  They planted a flower bed. There were orange, pink, red and black flowers.

Once upon a time there was a lonely lady who had a house with a clock in front on the outside.  She had beautiful flowers and a tree and a bush.  She bought a chocolate loveheart and three bowls and another bigger bowl and two spoons.  The day after she bought a giant fork and a small mat.

One grey roof, two blue windows, one grey door and one white hut.
There was a house in the middle of a white page and no one came ever.  Still no one ever came.  And it was in Japan
The end

Once there were two  people who came to Australia and got a hotel for ten old dollars.  The girl has a mat and a beautiful big watering can that had a pattern on it.  The boy had dirt and seeds. The girl and the boy were invisible. There was a plant thing that took over  your plants.

A house blowing and people having lunch and a bad guy blowing the houses.  Then they had another house and the house will never blow away again but it did so.

Once upon a time there was a man who lived in a musical house with bells, drums, clappers and triangles.  He was planting a flower in his garden with his spade.  When he finished planting the flower he was very tired.  He went into his house and ate his lunch.

Once there was a person and one house, next to a tree.  The tree is up and the house is down and the girl is down in the ground.  The girl is Hanny.

I think this picture is about a refugee visiting the botanical gardens and seeing some plants and mixed it all up in a picture showing the plants that grow and showing the dirt.  There are seeds in the picture, flowers and some trees that are already grown and plants that are in boxes.  There is food on the plants in the picture and the picture has it all.

I think those two people are gone from their country because they are getting away from the war.  They didn’t have a home and they were poor.  They didn’t have a job because they were drunk but luckily someone let them live with them and they were lazy and they were fat.  That’s why they were fat.   That person let them stay with him.  He had a big place.

Once upon a time there was a shark fish and a dinner and a bus.  The kids flew to the mountain.  The bus drove five kids to school and the lolly shop.  But the shark fish parked at the lolly shop and dined at the home.  And inside the house a ball was kicked.

From the depths of the sea a 3D fin emerged from a coral reef.  The coral reef was filled with flowers and a leaf.  The centre of attention was a smart living flower who did more subtraction that any flower.  Then if you went further and you had really good eyes you could see there was a school of fish – only three altogether.  At the very end there was a group of flowers bound together by the smallest piece of stringy leaf.

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.

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:

Book layout and web design by Debbie Qadri

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