There has never been a project like this before here in Liberia. It is so important that Liberians take ownership of this project. What we are doing is good for the kids.
Cartooning for Justice Workshop
Spanning four full days, 30 art students learned classic storytelling techniques and cartooning skills while also discussing whether or not war-time crimes should be punished in Liberia today. Through group discussions, we freely encouraged them to debate existing justice measures while also reflecting upon their own conceptions of justice and need for accountability for war-time crimes in Liberia. These focused discussions centered around theoretical foundations and justification for punishment, including theories of consequentialism, retributivism, and restorative justice. Additionally, the students discussed how these theories might be applied within the context of post-conflict Liberia.
The lessons, drawing exercises, and discussions all contributed to the larger goal of having the students engage in debates on justice and accountability in Liberia for its 14 years of civil war (1989-2003). The students worked towards producing a final cartoon answering the question: “Should war-time crimes be punished in Liberia today?”
I think cartoons can help the situation of justice in Liberia by moving fear [from victim to perpetrator]
In the Press
Essential to the overall goal of the project, we ensured some of the final cartoons produced by the students of the workshop were featured in a leading West African newspaper.
- August 26 2018 - FrontPage Africa - Should War-Time Crimes be Punished in Liberia Today? Roundtable set to promote debate by combining research and cartooning.
- August 28 2018 - FrontPage Africa - Government is Obliged to Set Up War Crimes Court - Hassan Bility
- August 29 2018 - FrontPage Africa - Should War-Time Crimes be Punished in Liberia Today? Discussion with Esteemed Participants
- August 31 2018 - FrontPage Africa - A Presentation at a One-Day Workshop on Transitional Justice Organized by Civitas Maxima at the I-Campus on Carey Street, Monrovia on August 28, 2018
- September 3 2018 - FrontPage Africa - Should War-Time Crimes be Punished in Liberia Today? - Expressing Through Cartoons
I think I can contribute to the debates on justice and accountability in Liberia by telling my stories and communicating other people’s stories.
Cartooning for Justice Partners
The Cartooning for Justice Workshop is the product of collaboration between:
Kathryn W. Davis Peace Foundation - Davis Peace Project
students of Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
JP Kalonji, the Swiss-Congolese Geneva-based artist
Liberia Visual Arts Academy (LivArts) in Monrovia, Liberia.
And others, such as Caran D'Ache and Stabilo are supporting our project.