We want to create awareness for the children that have had their childhood taken from them.
Explore the Drawings
The drawings are overwhelmingly a nostalgia for everything ‘home”. They just want to go home.
The following are all drawings by children who are displaced because of Boko Haram.
They left home in a hurry without anything. So the drawings are overwhelmingly a nostalgia for everything ‘home”. They just want to go home. What they miss most is everything home and everything that reminds them of home. So in the drawings you find animals, houses, boxes, home appliances, their bicycles and a few whose parents have cars included those cars in their drawings.
What is #BringBackOurChildhood
Why #BringBackOurChildhood is important
Rita is a 14 year old girl, she lives with her father, mother and younger sister in Daar es Salaam refugee camp. They arrived to Chad following the attack of Baga (Nigeria) by Boko Haram in January 2015.
In the drawing and video below, she has drawn all her brothers and sisters. She misses them and she doesn’t know whether they are alive or dead.
“Even though in our family we all have our differences, if one needs help family will be always there for you. Anyone else will not help you, but your family will. And when you have your mother around, you do not worried about anything. But if she is missing… you are worried the whole time.”Rita
Issues in the camps
- Shelter– Overcrowded, some sleep on the floor without mattress or blanket
- Home– Open space “places to run around” looking after in general is key. They have rooms and basic requirements
- Food– Chronic lack of food, never enough and some only eat white rice once a day
- Clothing– Most fled without anything.
The situation in the camps informs their yearning for home and everything that reminds them of the homes they left behind. In the camps they live in cramped squalid spaces often without water and in very poor sanitary condition. They sleep in the open often on bare ground at the mercy of mosquitoes and the elements. Food is scarce and basic. Life at home before the insurgency was far better and conducive for them than what they now experience in the IDP camps.
Drawings made in UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Spaces in Dar es Salaam Refugee camp, Lake Region of Chad.
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Drawings made in by refugee children and IDP (internally displaced person) children in Cameroon, Africa.
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All the drawings speak to the situation of these children who left their homes in Bama, Baga and Gwoza and other towns when they were overrun by the Boko Haram insurgents.
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Now it’s your turn to #BringBackOurChildhood
Think of the things you would miss most from your childhood, and draw them just like the kid’s drawings above. Then share your drawing with Shonduras, and the #BringBackOurChildhood.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org