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    'Lost children of war', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Lost children of war', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Lost children of war
    Maker: Irene MacWilliam
    Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
    Year Produced: 2009
    Size (cm): 49cm x 30cm
    Materials: Cottons with felt wadding
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Irene MacWilliam was deeply moved by the posters being circulated at one time to help families find each other after being separated and displaced by war. Especially concerned about the lost and displaced children, she created this piece, her first arpillera, to depict their desperation, making the children ghost like, devoid of nationality or race to express that they are living a half life. Irene chose to focus on children rather than adults: “since the image of a distressed child is very emotive.”

    Displacement poses real dangers for children. Of the millions of children displaced by war, unaccompanied children are the most likely to be killed, tortured, raped, robbed and recruited as child soldiers.

    Much remains to be done to safeguard children affected by armed conflict so that they have an opportunity to live as children, grow to adulthood and contribute to their communities.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
    Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
    The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
    Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
    The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
    SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
    Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
    War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018

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