There are an estimated 300,000 child soliders in the world. Many have been caught up in comflicts in Africa - Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia for example. Some end up in the West as refugees - Staten Island,with its community of around 8,000 Liberian refugees probably has the highest conentration of child soliders in the West.
For those children, the line between being a perpetrator and a victim is a fine one.Some were captured after their parents were killed. Others joined opposing forces to gain food and care. Either way they often remain silent about the traumas of their childhood, their nightmares and terror camouflaged behind hip hop culture and street savvy.
The quilt is made from a piece of my hand dyed fabric with chartreuse silk strip and a 'blood river' strip of red. Get up close and you see,hidden between the trees, the AK47, the lightness of which weapon makes it easier for children to be armed and forced to take front line postions in war.
On a lighter note, I like to think that this quilt is one of mine (badly) camouflaging itself as one of Brendas!