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Letter from Yemen: artist speaks out about his country's 'forgotten war'

Published : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 72

My name is Ahmed Jahaf. I am a graphic designer and artist living in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. My work is inspired by the Saudi Arabia-led war on my country. I live under constant bombardment and blockade. We have all been living like this since 26 March 2015. It has been more than 900 days since the "forgotten war" started in Yemen.
In 2015, a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia began bombing and imposing a blockade on Yemen with the support of the US and UK governments. So I decided to speak out and try to break the media blackout. I'm angry because the US and the UK are supporting the Saudi-led coalition and are still selling arms to Saudi Arabia.
We are facing the world's biggest food-security crisis, with more than 17 million starving civilians. We hear the sounds of jets flying and bombs destroying buildings and killing civilians. We are also now dealing with a spiralling cholera crisis.
I'm just trying to show the ugliness of war-what happens during a conflict while the world watches in silence. This is my way of protesting against the injustice of this forgotten war-and of asking for peace.
I spend my days watching the news and recording events such as air raids on social media. I make works at night, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I'm using my artistic talent to garner publicity and to draw the world's attention to the situation here. My work is starting to break through; I recently had an exhibition here in Sana'a and my prints were shown at the Art the Arms Fair in
London.    —The Art Newspaper








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