A picture by a 12 year old boy, a Nigerian refugee who fled Boko Haram attacks. This drawing was done in the workshop that the MSF mental health team conducts for children in the Dar Es Salaam refugee camp in Chad.
“It is easier for children to express their fears through drawing,” says Aurelia Morabito, MSF psychologist. “Afterwards, we talk about the pictures with them and their parents with the aim to help them control their fears. In every session, the children recount horrible stories through their drawings. We see pictures of guns and helicopters, and decapitated people. We hear stories of children who left Nigeria, only to experience another attack in Niger, to come back to Nigeria to see the violence again. Many have run alone through the night, or stayed the night hiding in the water, hoping nobody will find them.”