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Illustrations of perilous journeys: Art for change by Eritrean refugees

“I want to stop this punishment against people who are only trying to save their lives. I want to show the victims’ loved ones that they have not been forgotten. I want to persuade people that these dangerous routes are not worth the risk. I really want to show the international community that this is happening to real people.” Filmon

“We migrate because of war, insecurity, and natural disasters. We escape our homes where peace and human rights do not exist. We carry all our belongings in just a few bags to find another place, another life. We have no choice but to move until our rights are restored. We are always moving.” Mohammed

I want to stop this punishment against people who are only trying to save their lives. I want to show the victims’ loved ones that they have not been forgotten. I want to persuade people that these dangerous routes are not worth the risk. I really want to show the international community that this is happening to real people”Filmon

“These parents fled without their children. They have been moving from place to place and finally reached the shores of Libya. They left their children in Eritrea and are under pressure to make a better life for them in Europe. They are waiting to board boats to Europe, but they know they might not make it. We must increase our tolerance for other people. We need to have patience for ourselves and compassion for others. We also need to raise awareness in our community, because people are travelling on dangerous routes without the right information.” Aaron, 13