The day the war came
  • The day the war came

    Artwork by Edwina Kung

    This is an illustration about war and children. Inspired by my visit to some refugee sites in Romania for Ukrainian people.  

    We visited three refugee sites in Romania, located in-between Brasov and Sibiu. All sites are retreat centres and guest rooms of the Evangelical Church of Romania. We met a little girl at one of the sites. Her name is Lyanna, children of the pastor. While we were talking to her, we asked about her name, her age, and if she had made any friends in Romania. Although we had a language barrier, we learnt that she’s 8 years old, and she made a new friend here, Sebastian, an alaska malamute that lives at the refugee site. She then asks us to follow her, saying that she has something to show us. On the ground, were colourful chalk drawings she and her young brother created. She handed me some chalks, and so I quickly scribbled on the ground. I drew a cat, a big one, with a body. I asked her what’s her favourite animal, and she drew a dog next to my drawing. Sebastian, she said, her animal friend in Romania. She later scribbled down a rectangular shape in blue chalk, followed by a yellow rectangular shape underneath the blue one. Immediately recognizing it was a flag of Ukraine, my heart sinker. To her, it is the flag of the place she called home, with a language she’s familiar with and friends she knows. I immediately responded by drawing a Ukrainian flag next to the one she drew. Although we were unable to fully understand each other because of our language barrier, through these drawings, we were able to connect, even if it was a brief moment. She then ran away in a hurry, and when she returns, in her hands, were two flags. One Ukrainian flag, and one Romania flag. She hand over the Romanian flag to me and kept the Ukrainian flag. She then drew a gigantic flower on the ground, the flower was so gigantic that I have to stretch both arms to touch both sides of the petals. I then started colouring in the petals with the colours of the Ukrainian flag. She then asks me to wait, and gave me another chalk, saying we should use the colours of the Romanian flag as well. From our brief but meaningful interaction, Lyanna, at such a young age, understands the help she received from Romania and kept both the Ukrainian and Romanian flags with her.

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    Fine art print using inkjet printing and archival pigments on acid-free, 100 % cotton 312 gsm paper.

    A4 size (21 x 29.7 cm) and A5 size (14.8 x 21) and includes a 15mm white border.

    Printed in the UK
    Titled, signed & numbered, edition of 30

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