Wandering in Yemen

New Article: Yemeni Street Artist Uses Sana’a Walls to Remember the Disappeared

My article for the Guardian on Murad Sobay and Yemeni political street art.

“Peering out from one of the perimeter walls of Sana’a University is a young man’s face, stencilled in black and white paint. Daubed next to him is his name and the year he disappeared. A metre on is another face, and then another, and then another, stretching along the whole perimeter of the wall.

The faces belong to Yemeni political prisoners who simply vanished, leaving behind families who have little or no knowledge of their fate. Some go as far back as the 1970s and some date to the Yemeni revolution against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

They are part of a campaign called The Walls Remember Their Faces, the brainchild of a 26-year-old street artist, Murad Sobay.

“The meaning of the word ‘wall’ has changed. A wall was a prison, a barrier – now a wall is a way of expressing yourself, a wall is inspiring. The walls hold the memory of the disappeared political detainees better than people can,” he explained.”

For the rest of the article click here.

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One comment

  1. This is a very shocking of human rights violation. I reminds me of the seven hostages who were abducted from Camp Ashraf on September 1st, after Iraqi forces murdered 52 of the residents.

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