I’ve been collecting images of chalk drawings from the walls of Djabal’s mud brick classrooms. Some kids use them to practice their Arabic or English and sometimes even math. But mostly, the graffiti is of people, animals, football players and some scenes of violence. The walls speak of the children’s curiosity, fear and humour.
We were given these beautiful color pencil drawings yesterday during our tour of the only secondary school in camp Djabal. The artist told us of his long and dangerous journey to the camp Djabal. For me, his pieces speak of one man’s curiosity and fascination with life. He told us that the large tree in one of the drawings was of the same kind under which Darfuris meet to discuss village matters. These trees hold a sacred place in Darfuri culture and they hope to one day return to them.