Disappeared Under Yemen’s Saleh, Activist Found Alive Decades Later
Yemeni men chew qat as they attend a rally in Sanaa on 24 January 2013. (Photo: Khaled Abdullah – Reuters)
By: Nabil Subaye
Published Sunday, February 3, 2013
When Mathar al-Iriani was disappeared in the 1980s under the rule of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, it would not have been a stretch to assume that he had been tortured and left for dead. Yet just last month, Iriani was found alive, partially paralyzed and stricken with amnesia, living in a retirement home close to his family’s residence.
Basma Ali Khan, holds posters of her disappeared father during a protest held as part of “The Walls Remember” campaign to put focus on people who have disappeared in what is known as the “forced disappearance”, in Sanaa September 27, 2012. Yemenis are using street art to lobby the government to tell what happened to hundreds of people who disappeared in years of political turmoil, but even their images on the walls have troubled powerful figures who sought to remove the graffiti. The headband reads: “The walls remember their faces.”
[Credit : Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]
Yemeni Activists Paint Pictures Of Disappeared People On Wall In Sanaa
05:54 PM Friday 5 October 2012
Yemeni activists stand next to a picture of a disappeared politician painted on a wall, as part of a campaign called “The Walls Remember” focusing on people who have disappeared in what is known as the “forced disappearance”, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Yemeni artists painted on wall street the pictures of people who disappeared in years of political turmoil, in an aim to lobby the government to look for them.
Yemen, “The Walls Remember”. Gli stancil di Murad Subai per ricordare le sparizioni forzate (FOTO)
L’Huffington Post | Di Adele Sarno Pubblicato: 03/10/2012 17:55 Aggiornato: 03/10/2012 17:55
“The Walls Remember”. I muri devono ricordare le persone che sono scomparse in Yemen durante i disordini politici dell’anno scorso. L’artista Murad Subai, 24 enne yemenita, ha scelto di farlo con la streetart, ritraendo le loro facce con degli stancil.
“La società – dice alla Reuters – ha dimenticato le sparizioni forzate. Noi stiamo dipingendo le loro immagini sui muri, con le dida in inglese e in arabo, per ricordarli. Abbiamo scritto chi sono e da quando non si sono più visti. Non sappiamo se sono morti, se sono stati sepolti”.
Secondo Amnesty international in Yemen “continuano ad aver luogo violazioni dei diritti umani in un clima d’impunità, rafforzato anche dall’immunità garantita all’ex presidente Ali Abdullah Saleh e ai suoi collaboratori in cambio dell’abbandono del potere”.
La repressione, nel corso della quale si verificarono anche centinaia di arresti arbitrari e casi di sparizione, fu portata a termine da svariati servizi di sicurezza e militari ma anche da gruppi armati filogovernativi. Contemporaneamente, gli scontri armati tra esercito e oppositori armati, tra cui il gruppo Ansar al-Shari’a che si ritiene affiliato ad al-Qa’eda, hanno dato luogo a crimini di guerra.
“Tutti i giorni – dice Subai – i miei disegni vengono rimossi. Ogni volta stancil viene eliminato è come se quelle persone scomparissero di nuovo”..
Yemen, uno stancil per ricordare
Artist Murad Subai and The Walls Remember campaign
Sep 27, 2012
Artist Murad Subai paints a picture of a disappeared political figure next to a defaced picture he previously painted, as part of “The Walls Remember” campaign he has launched to put focus on people who have disappeared in what is known as the “forced disappearance,” in Sanaa September 27, 2012. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
Yemenis paint disappeared activists on Sanaa streets
By Andrew Hammond
SANAA | Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:09pm EDT
(Reuters) – Yemenis are using street art to lobby the government to tell what happened to hundreds of people who disappeared in years of political turmoil, but even their images on the walls have troubled powerful figures who sought to remove the graffiti.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
Yemen’s Graffiti Reveals Prisoners’ Stories
Yemen’s central security forces have mysteriously hid/arrested hundreds of people for one political reason or another, during the uprising. The prisioners neither had a trail nor their families heard from them. Those hidden prisoners just disappeared. Just like that. That practice has started long before the uprising and everyone knows that the state security forces are to blame (since Yemen is just another police state). Here is a graffiti art in Sanaa by artist Murad Sobay who wants the walls to tell those hidden prisoners’ stories. (Read more in Ar)