Living and growing despite the trauma of exile / Red Pencil

Art therapy programme at reception centres for asylum seekers in Belgium



S. – an unaccompanied minor –  drew a pine tree as he likes coconuts. He mentioned that the roots represent his parents and the trunk his life path, the lines of the bark the obstacles. He commented that he trusts that if he follows the advices and values his parents gave him, then he will be able to pick up the fruits, joy and success.

E. - "I've discovered that whatever the problems or obstacles are, there is always hope ; that I have to let it go, to not lock myself in a painful past, to look at the right side of life ; that there is energy in me and strenght to overcome issues."

C. - "I've discovered that sharing problems with others is helpful, that despite difficulties it is possible to achieve something good."