A Guide to the Freedom Project: What does Freedom mean to you?

Freedome Art Project

Create an installation in your community where people can share their answers to the question:

What does freedom mean to you?

How to:

Get a large banner—could be a piece of paper or a movable white board—and put it up in a public place in your community.

Leave post-it notes and pens available on or near the installation where people who are walking past can easily see and access them.

Prompt people to write what freedom means to them on the post-it notes and then stick it on the display.

Throughout the display, you can include quotes from Darfurian refugees that i-ACT will provide to any community who wishes to participate in the freedom project. Such as this one from Ayoub:

Freedom means to me there can be peace in a country, security fully, stability between people and equality in different places. Everyone prefers a community who can care about these and from the government there can be equality and that they are not a dictatorship.  Wars and killing people and animals is not protection, there are many bad results, and destruction of peaceful life. I have more, more but can’t describe all in my heart. Thank you for your voice for me. Ayoub, Darfur refugee

Additionally, you can also post information on or near the installation about the conflict in Darfur and South Sudan as well as information about the Rwandan Genocide. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Along with the installation, have materials so that people can make #Freedom, #Rwanda20, and #ActToEndGenocide signs to take pictures with. Encourage them to post the pictures to their favorite social media sites. Let’s get these hash tags trending!

The question of what freedom means in relation to genocide and refugee camps is really interesting and complicated. We can’t wait to hear about your ideas on the issue!

Contact Francesca at afreeman4@uchicago.edu with any questions

#April #Freedom #GenocideAwarenessandPreventionMonth