I used to work at the Los Angeles Children's Museum where I was in charge of an ethnic exhibit and a children's gallery. We would get art from different outside organizations. One day I got a proposal for an exhibit for artwork done by refugee children of the long, Guatemalan Civil War that had ended in 1996.
The imagery was heart wrenching as these kids had seen so much violence and death. I thought that I would create a poster based upon children's drawings. When I went to do the reasearch, I found that like the pictures on the museum wall, children of war drew either the horror of war, or an idealized world to which they and their families would escape to. I decided to make drawings that looked like children had drawn them, but not the drawings of the horrors of war, or the idealized world, but their flight to their life. Many immigrants are forced to move from their homes and go through many hardships to escape, conflict, persecution, and prejudices, but it is the hardest on children. — Lyla Paakkanen