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Writing on Walls in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, political frustration is prompting women to pick up their graffiti cans and take to the walls in protest:

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The presidential election was held last month and hailed as a success in terms of turn-out, and the final results will be announced on May 14.

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34% of those voting were women – roughly one-third – and the ‘successful’ aspect is a small consolation when little else is changing elsewhere.

Forย Malina Suliman, known as ‘Afghanistan’s graffiti queen,’ the next best outlet is the walls, where she renders her own complaints, and those of the woman around her:

‘Ever since the Taliban took over, my life continues to be full of unexpected changes. Changes that I never want. I get really frustrated and canโ€™t stay in my room. I need to go out, I need to get my frustration out. I need to draw. I meet and talk to people from the community. I listen to them and their problems and then make them into graffiti art.’

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To read the article in full, click here.

 

3 comments on “Writing on Walls in Afghanistan

  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany
    May 6, 2014

    What a chess board!
    ———–

    Am I getting “that” old or the Enterprise-theme is a new thing? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Layla
      May 7, 2014

      It’s on rotation, but it seems you chanced upon my favourite, Haitham ๐Ÿ˜‰

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