Children's drawings of Darfur displayed at Penfield Library

Drawings by children from the war-torn area of Darfur in Sudan are on display in SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library during library hours through April 15.

A reception will be held in the library’s Lake Effect Cafe from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7. Dr. Darius Makuja of Le Moyne College, who is Sudanese, will speak.

In 2004 Dr. Jerry Ehrlich worked with Doctors Without Borders caring for children in the camps. He brought with him drawing paper and crayons and asked the children, ages 8 to 11, to draw “what they thought their life was like in Darfur.” 

Ehrlich brought back more than a hundred drawings. The pictures in this exhibit are prints of the original drawings, which are on tour.

“They are very moving, powerful drawings,” said Deale A. Hutton, art librarian at Penfield Library.

Library hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday with exceptions for spring recess March 20 to 30 (see During evenings and weekends, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge.

For more information, call Hutton at 312-3010.

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(Posted: Mar 12, 2008)