Illustrating Children’s Booklets
By Anusha Marie Charles
Hi I’m Anusha Marie Charles, 18 years old, and I participated in the Voice of The Children booklets as the illustrator. From a young age art has always been my passion and I was happy and honoured to bring some colour into this awesome cause with the help of my paintbrushes.
The VOC booklets are short stories on children and teenagers experiencing and handling different problems and situations that migrant kids often have to deal with. The two booklets allow you to view things from a different perspective, that of a child. The booklets are filled with interesting facts and information that could come in handy to any kid having to face issues with the law.
Being a child or under-aged comes in parallel with the fact that the person is still young and in the process of growing up and deserves to be handled with extra care and concern. Keeping children’s rights seems very important to me as it is a solution to a problem that is alive and very present in today’s society. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, one in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused in some way before turning 18 years old. Child neglect, abuse and crime rate occur more often to the children of families with financial difficulties and paper problems concerning the law. It is our duty to stand up and support, in one small way or another, those whom are too young or too weak to defend themselves. Concerning justice, it is important to always question things and to stand firm in what we know is the truth.
Bringing the characters in the booklets to life with pen and paint was truly a fun process, though stressful at times since I was also going through my exam papers. But I’ve finally graduated and I’m on my way to Art University in France, hopefully to come back some day to Malaysia and continue painting and spreading a message of peace.
Anusha Marie Charles is the illustrator for Voice of the Children’s Legal Awareness Booklets for Children. She will be pursuing her studies at the Art University of France and hopes to continue painting and spreading the message of peace.