At Camp Cropper, one of our detention facilities, we provide educational classes for the detainees. One of the courses teaches detainees how to make stuffed camels.
It’s a sewing class, but the camels are a popular project.
There is one detainee in particular who specializes in making these stuffed animals. He has made a giant mammoth, the obligatory “Cropper Camel,” a “Lion King” and a few other animals.
Pictured here is what appears to be a stuffed squirrel. I guess when you have lots of free time on your hands in a detention facility, you start thinking about making stuffed versions of every animal.
The detainees are extremely talented. There’s an art class also. I promise you that some of the paintings and drawings are worthy of hanging in the Louvre. There’s a pencil sketch of President Obama, a canvas of the Taj Majal that is breathtaking, and a bunch of pieces as social and political commentary on the Middle East.
Each detainee gets to keep their creations or pass them to family during visitations. U.S. servicemembers are prohibited from keeping any detainee work of art, which is quite sad. I could fill a gallery.
UPDATE: Here are some photos of the artwork.