Sian MacLean

Art therapists Sian MacLean, left, and Kim Bryan are the organisers of

In Between: Stories of a Refugee. Photos: WAYNE BOWMAN

“I want to be free.”

“I don’t want to be rejected.”

“I dream of a world with no

differences among people.”

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These are among the heart-tugging messages scrawled between painted images of love, unity and world peace currently on the walls of the basement level of the Medulla Art Gallery, on Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

The art and pleas for acceptance belong to a small group of 12 refugee children, between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, currently living on the island. Titled In-Between Stories of a Refugee, the ongoing exhibition seeks to give immigrant children a voice within a landscape where they go largely unheard, says co-organiser and art psychotherapist Kim Bryan.

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