Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Darfur: A village attack

The suffering in Darfur is on an almost unimaginable scale: some 4.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and their number continues to grow as violence and intimidation forces thousands more to flee their homes each month. Many have been forced to abandon their homes several times to try to find some kind of safety. (source)

Countless women and girls have been raped. Hundreds of villages have been bombed and burned; water sources and food stocks have been destroyed, property and livestock looted. Mosques, schools and hospitals have been burnt to the ground. (source)

These are recreations in LEGO of drawing done by children survivors of such attacks. These drawing are to be allowed as evidence in war crimes trials. (source)

The original drawings and testimony can be found:
here, here, here, and here

In making these models I came across a campaign that is trying to stop arms ending up in the wrong hands - like the ones my models show. If you want to do something about this situation, you can help control the flow of weapons world wide by joining the Control Arms petition to President Obama calling for his support for an effective arms trade treaty [LINK]

Go on, do your bit and sign the petition.

Further images in this series can be found on my Flickr site


Blogger MCLA said...

I like your blog, but regarding the petition to Obama: I hope you know that Obama had 65 civilians slaughtered in Pakistan yesterday. This is merely a continuation of US imperial policies across the world. Petitioning Obama (or any politician) to stop arms to the wrong kind of people is a sick irony.

Yes, we should stop arms from reaching the wrong kind of people: governments.


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