Refugee from Sudan 2004
by Mario Lual Deng

2007 • 011

Acrylic on Canvas.
36.9 x 25 inches / 93.8 x 63.5 cm

Donated to the Sudanese Education Fund by Meredith Moses

Refugee from Sudan 2004

This painting represents the manifold results of the war. Displayed is a house lived in by Sudanese refugees, constructed using both traditional Dinka hatching and building methods picked up in the camps.


In a typical Dinka setting, [a fence was] only used for animals. It wasn't usually around the houses, but in the refugee camp, people started putting fences around their houses.

He is the one carrying the food. [A] result of the war [is] that you are basically left by yourself. In traditional Dinka life everybody else would be around helping him if he was hurt. [He is] the only person left to help [him]self. [However,] he is the person that needs more help than anybody else. But...the war made it so nobody is there to help him

Panther Alier

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This website has been developed by the Museums and Public Memory (Anth 159a) class taught by Professor Mark Auslander at Brandeis University. Images have been reproduced with the permission of the African Refugee Artists Club.