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‘Darkness surrounds me’: Nauru child refugee paints pictures of despair

Medicated, terrified and traumatised, seven-year-old Ahoora has been held for five years on the island.

Experts say his drawings reflect a broader, familial deterioration

  • Saba Vasefi and Ben Doherty
  • The Guardian

Given pens, Ahoora draws.

Xaf 5eThey are not the conventional drawings of a seven-year-old child: he draws pictures of children on fire, of sharks circling small terrified boys, of crying faces behind bars.

Seven-year-old Ahoora, a refugee, has spent most of his life on Nauru. He arrived on the island as a three-year-old and has only traumatic memories of his life before, and of his journey to…

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