The children show us and welcome us into their worlds: worlds too often of unimaginable terror, where neglect, abuse, beatings are constant stories and realities. Each work is undeniably honest. Some employ text to express often heart-breaking confessions and thoughts. A large wreath made up of lots of leaves, each decorated by a different child depicts the hurdles they have each had to overcome in life. One leaf reads ‘Don’t kill children – think first’ and another reads ‘There is always hope behind the stars.’ Next to a large, dark collaborative piece titled Brainbox Two, a child has worryingly written ‘I hate knives, I hate sharp things, I am scared of growing up’. However, despite the tragedy, struggles and hurdles these children have been forced to face, many of them are able to take positive steps forwards, away from their troubled pasts.


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