On 12 July 2011, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, Watchlist opened the exhibit: In their own words: ‘Attacks on Schools and Hospitals’ in Children’s Drawings, with German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle.
The drawings came from Nepal, Burma, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The drawings from Nepal were made in 2008, during a 5-day workshop on peace and reconciliation. All other drawings were made throughout June – July 2011.
Dr. Guido Westerwelle, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs said in his opening address: “Today many children are still forced to live in fear, often without their parents or teachers on their sides to protect them. And this fear often stays with them, even when the war is over. Children want to go to school. They know that education is the key to their future. Schools should be places where they can feel protected from an oftentimes frightening world.”
Click here to watch an ARD German news broadcast on the opening of the exhibit
Click here for an English text translation of the broadcast