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Missing people portrayed on city walls

by Yemeni artist Murad Sobay

According to the British paper Guardian, "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.

The campaign has spread across the streets of Sana'a and other cities in Yemen. It is not Murad's only campaign; Colour the Walls of Your Street was an attempt to use street art to beautify areas that had been affected by armed clashes in Sana'a in 2011. His most recent campaign, 12 Hours, aims to highlight Yemen's "ills", each hour focusing on a different issue such as sectarianism, the kidnapping of foreigners and US drone strikes in the country".

5 November 2013

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