Cholera maakt angst in Jemen ‘bijna normaal’\ On “NOS”


Cholera maakt angst in Jemen ‘bijna normaal’

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“Acht vrienden van mij hebben cholera opgelopen. Twee zijn eraan overleden. Ik kan het nog steeds niet geloven.” Dit zijn de woorden van Khalid Alghalani (30). Hij woont in Sanaa, de hoofdstad van Jemen. Zijn land wordt geteisterd door de grootste cholera-uitbraak van de afgelopen jaren. In het land woedt al twee jaar een burgeroorlog.

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Saalik, charcoal piece, and two children


صعاليك, قطعة الفحم، وطفلان


في إحدى أحياء شمال صنعاء وقبل أسبوعين، وفي دقائق انتظاري لصديقي هاني محمد، جاء “سامي وسمير” وهما طفلان من جيران هاني وجابروني وبعد ان سألاني عن عملي أجبتهم، فطلبوا ان أطبق لهم.. اخذت قطعة فحم ورسمت شخصية “صعاليك” على الجدار وانضموا للرسم  وخطوا ذات الجدارية لكن بطريقتهم الطفولية الرائعة والمميزه. على الجانب الأيسر قام “سمير” برسم منزلان أيضا.

“الصعاليك” ستضل أيديهم إلى أن تنتهي الحروب في العالم.

Saalik, charcoal piece, and two children

In a neighborhood north of Sanaa two weeks ago, and during the waiting for my friend Hani Mohammed next to his house, “Sami and Samir” two children of the neighborhood came and made a conversation with me, after they knew my work, they asked me to show them how I do this, then I took a piece of charcoal and draw one of my characters  ” Saalik”, which means “Poor”, after that, they did join me in drawing on the wall, in their wonderful unique childish way of drawing, they draw “Saalik”, and on the left “Samir” add “Houses” in the mural.

“Saalik” where  their raised hands will stay like this until the wars end in the world.

“Painting for Peace” Video report on “Showcase” program on “TRT world”, in the annual event “Open day of Art” March 15, 2017


At least 10,000 people have been killed in nearly two years of war in Yemen. The fighting between the Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels has left the country in shambles. But a group of people in Sanaa are trying to send a message to politicians to end the war. And they’re doing it with color.

Street art events promote Yemen peace\ Video report on “BBC”


Street art events promote Yemen peace

28 March 2017 Last updated at 04:44 BST

Murad Subay, also known as Yemen’s Banksy, and award-winning British artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs, held simultaneous street art events in Yemen and the UK, to protest against the conflict in Yemen that has killed more than 7,600 people since it began in March 2015.

Video journalist: Suniti Singh and Sumaya Bakhsh; images courtesy of AP/AFP/Getty, Salvo Toscano, Najeeb Subay and Sumaya Bakhsh

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Street art events promote Yemen peace\ BBC

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‘Nobody taking responsibility for Yemen war’ – Arab Banksy to RT


‘Nobody taking responsibility for Yemen war’ – Arab Banksy to RT


With the Yemeni conflict showing no signs of easing, RT spoke to a graffiti artist who’s been capturing the horrors and hardships with his brush and paint. He believes that, even amidst unrelenting war, art can bring people together.

“Yemen was dragged into a catastrophic war, and ordinary civilians are paying a high cost for it, and they will be paying it for decades,”Murad Subay, whose work recently started catching the attention of mainstream media, told RT. Subay, who not only creates graffiti himself, but also organizes mass workshops, says he is using his artwork to draw attention to the dire conditions in Yemen.

“There’s no responsibility, no sympathy with the difficulties Yemeni people are facing there.”


“It’s a catastrophic war, and no one is taking responsibility for it. We hope that the voice of reason will be heard, and the war will be stopped, so that we can overcome the consequences of this catastrophe,” he says.

READ MORE: UN ‘estimates’ death toll in Yemen war surpassed 10,000

Subay, who is already an award-winning artist, seems genuinely uninterested in pursuing glory and fame for the sake of it. He daubs the walls of ruined Yemeni houses with haunting images of war and starving children, and tents for the displaced with pictures of barbed wire or dream-homes, traveling across Yemen despite the dangers – all of it “for the sake of peace.”

His graffiti metaphorically depicts the ugliness of war, like a malnourished child locked in a blood-red coffin or a small girl about to pick up a flower sticking from a landmine that’s about to explode.

However, instead of speaking about his own art, he told RT of the effort he’s been making along other Yemeni artists to promote art and unite Yemeni people under its aegis. Subay and others have been gathering in the capital, Sanaa, every year since the conflict began, painting illustrations of war on what was left of the city’s streets after bombings. And they have been joined by ordinary people of all ages, who wanted to paint their war, too.

“Art is not confined to the boundaries of one social class, not only artists create it. In modern conditions art can be practiced by everyone – children, youths and adults. Every [year] we invite people, they go out to the streets and make their artwork, each in their own colors. There is no social order, all is done voluntarily and without fanaticism.”

“[…] This is the art of the Yemeni streets. That’s what we do,” he says, describing the initiative launched in an effort to highlight the impact the Yemeni conflict is having on the population. He points out that the initiative has now become a tradition, calling it a “Yemeni phenomenon.”

“This Yemeni phenomenon is recognized worldwide. Articles are published about it, scientific universities are studying it as a social phenomenon – that of bringing people together in drawing,” Subay tells RT. The media has been so enthralled by his activities lately, he even got a nickname: the Banksy of Yemen, or Arab Banksy.

The original Banksy is the brush name of an anonymous British artist who’s also gained fame with his murals and paintings on sharp social and political issues. Among his best -known recent artworks are murals set among ruins of the Gaza war and ‘Steve Jobs the son of Syrian migrant’ picture in the Calais refugee camp.

READ MORE: Child malnutrition at ‘all-time high’ in Yemen, UNICEF claims in alarming report

Saudi Arabia began bombing Yemen in support of exiled President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi at the end of March 2015, after Houthi rebels loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, backed by Iran, took over Sanaa. According to the latest UN data, the death toll in the Yemeni conflict has now surpassed 10,000 people, and almost 40,000 more have been wounded. Some 14 million civilians are in need of food aid and some 462,000 children are suffering acute malnutrition.

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Yemenis condemn Trump visa restrictions STORY\ On “Reuters”


Yemenis condemn Trump visa restrictions STORY:

U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on Yemeni citizens travelling to the United States sparked panic and anger among Yemenis, with some describing the move as “racist” and “unjust”. The war-damaged and impoverished country in the south of the Arabian Peninsula is one of seven majority-Muslim countries whose citizens face a 90-day ban on entering the United States. Trump, a businessman who successfully tapped into American fears about terror attacks during campaigning for November’s presidential election, has also put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States.

   Speaking from the capital Sanaa, internationally renowned Yemeni street artist Murad Subay said the visa ban has effectively prevented him from seeing his wife, who is currently studying in the United States. “Unfortunately this is a decision that is going to affect millions of citizens in these countries. For me personally, my wife is a student at university in America. This is a totally racist decision,” said Subay. “We (my wife and I) can no longer meet after this decision. I, along with any nationals of these countries, will be completely prohibited from entering (the US). And if these people left the United States, they will be prevented from re-entering. This decision must be revised and Americans should oppose it,” Subay continued.

   The Houthi-led government in Sanaa also denounced the decision describing it as “illegal and illegitimate”.The Houthi-controlled news agency SABA quoted a foreign ministry source as saying the ministry was aware that such an action is the sovereign right of the U.S. government.

   But “the source said emphatically that any attempt to classify Yemen or its citizens as a possible source of terrorism and extremism was illegal and illegitimate”. Yemeni Human rights activist Radiyye al-Mutawakal said her office has received numerous calls from Yemenis tied to the United States asking questions about how the visa restrictions may apply to them.

   “This decision…affects many in Yemen, for example like those that reside in the United States but are currently visiting relatives (in Yemen) and they are wondering and concerned that they may not be able to return to America and to their lives there. This decision impacts many different segments and it is unjust,” she said. The Yemeni embassy in Washington issued an advisory on Sunday (January 29) for Yemenis already inside the United States not to leave the country until details of the visa ban and its ramifications are clarified.

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‘Banksy’ van Jemen: met graffiti wil ik kogelgaten in muren verdoezelen


‘Banksy’ van Jemen: met graffiti wil ik kogelgaten in muren verdoezelen

Zondag, 10:00
Murad Subay
Geschreven door
Carmen Dorlo

redacteur NOS Online

Als je op straat loopt in Sanaa, de hoofdstad van Jemen, kun je niet om de kunstwerken van de ‘Banksy van Jemen’ heen. De gebouwen zijn misschien kapot door alle bombardementen, maar ze zijn niet lelijk: op de gevels staan nog de graffitikunstwerken van Murad Subay.

“Toen in 2011 de oorlog begon, brak dat vele harten”, vertelt Murad aan de NOS. “Maar niet alleen harten gingen kapot, ook huizen en straten. Op dat moment besloot ik de straat op te gaan en graffitikunst te gaan maken. Ik wilde het lelijke van de oorlog verdoezelen. De kogelgaten in de muur laten verdwijnen. Dat lukte me door de graffiti.”

In Jemen woedt al jaren een burgeroorlog. De NOS heeft contact met inwoners van het land, om een beeld te krijgen van de situatie in het land. Zij vertellen hun verhaal via WhatsApp, e-mail en Skype. Deze week spreken we met Murad Subay. Eerdere verhalen kwamen van Abdullah uit al-Mukalla, Fadia uit Taiz en Layla uit Sanaa.

Muhajed, Fadia en Murad in Jemen NOS

Sommige werken van Murad zijn puur artistiek, andere hebben een politieke lading. De artiest nodigt inwoners van Sanaa ook uit om te helpen bij de kunstwerken. “Zo kunnen de mensen hun stem laten horen en hun mening geven over de oorlog. Kunst is niet alleen entertainment, het kan voor zoveel meer dingen worden gebruikt. Kunst geeft een stem en zorgt voor communicatie, zeker als het zo duidelijk op straat te zien is.”


De 29-jarige Murad woont met zijn ouders, drie zussen en vier broers in een huis in Sanaa. Hij heeft Engels gestudeerd en haalde in 2012 zijn diploma.

“Ik begon met tekenen toen ik 13 was. Mijn ouders moedigden me aan en daardoor kon ik mezelf veel dingen leren. In 2012 maakte ik mijn eerste graffitiwerk en dat resulteerde in een campagne waardoor ik werken in heel Sanaa mocht maken.”

Dirty Legacy: graffitikunst van Murad Subay Murad Subay

De oorlog heeft veel veranderd, gaat hij verder. “Dat heeft zoveel effect op me. Op iedereen.” Murad noemt het tekort aan basisbenodigdheden als elektriciteit en water, en de economische gevolgen van de oorlog.

“Deze dingen hebben veel effect op mij persoonlijk, maar ook op mijn werk. Het is niet meer mogelijk om vrij te reizen in Jemen. Het is soms ook veel te gevaarlijk op straat om de werken te maken.”

De laatste tijd wordt het steeds moeilijker om onze mening te mogen uiten door middel van kunst.

Murad Subay

Murad zorgt altijd dat hij goedkeuring krijgt van de autoriteiten om graffiti te spuiten, maar ook dat gaat nu lastig. “De laatste tijd wordt het steeds moeilijker om onze mening te uiten door middel van kunst. Ook al heb ik toestemming, vrij graffiti spuiten wordt nauwelijks nog toegelaten.”

Death by Hunger and Disease: graffitikunst van Murad Subay Murad Subay

Murad heeft inmiddels zoveel roem in Jemen verworven, dat hij ook wel de ‘Banksy van Jemen’ wordt genoemd. “Banksy is een grote artiest, een genie. Mijn werk lijkt op dat van hem omdat we dezelfde techniek gebruiken. Maar de manier waarop we werken, is anders”, legt Murad uit.

“Ik wil zoveel mogelijk mensen betrekken bij mijn kunst. Als ik een kunstwerk maak en er lopen mensen langs, dan nodig ik ze altijd uit om me te helpen en hun mening te geven. Zo kunnen we een politieke discussie op gang brengen, op een niet-gewelddadige manier.”

Ik hoop dat het nieuwe jaar echt een nieuw jaar wordt. Het afgelopen jaar was zo vermoeiend.

Murad Subay

Na vijf jaar als graffiti-kunstenaar wacht Murad nog steeds op het hoogtepunt. “Ik hoop ook dat ik nog niet mijn mooiste werk heb gemaakt. Ik ben pas op het begin van mijn reis.”

Voor 2017 heeft hij maar één wens: “dat het écht een nieuw jaar wordt.” “Het afgelopen jaar heeft de wereld enorm vermoeid. We zijn er allemaal klaar mee.”

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My mural “Assassination’s Eye”, Ruins campaign


ما زالت الكوارث تتوالى على هذا البلد وشعبه، حروب انتجت الموت والجوع والخوف، وكأن البلد لم تكتفي من هذا بل وجاءت كارثة اخرى إلى هذه الكومة المفجعة وهي عمليات “الإغتيالات” والتصفيات.
منذ اعوام وعمليات التصفيات والإغتيالات السياسية تمشي على قدم وساق في جميع مناطق اليمن، بدأت التصفيات في صفوف الجيش منتقلة لصفوف السياسيين ومؤخرا انتقلت إلى صفوف المواطنين والمدنيين. إستمرار هذا الوضع وهذه العمليات، يجعل اليمن بلد خالي من الحياه ومن التنوع، ويبعدنا تماما عن سلام قريب.
الشعب اليمني منهك من هذا الوضع المستمر بالتدهور الهائل، على جميع الأصعدة. لن يُحكم هذا البلد بالحديد والنار ولا بالخوف والجوع والموت وعلى اصحاب القرار ان يصلوا بهذا البلد بأسرع ما يمكن إلى وقف لهذا التدهور الذي سيطالهم عاجلا أم اجلا ان استمر.

جداريتي “عين الإغتيال” ضمن حملة “حُطام” على جدار جسر مذبح المقابل لمستشفى العلوم والتكنولوجيا، 29 ديسمبر 2016.

Disasters are still coming down on this country and its people, where war is leaving behind death, hunger and fear. Now another disaster is on the rise, “assassinations, adding to the misery of this country as if the tragedy happening in Yemen is not enough. Political assassinations and the extrajudicial killings have been thriving in many regions in Yemen. These operations began among military ranks, and then moved to target politicians, until recently it shifted into targeting civilians. The continuation of this situation and these operations turns Yemen into a lifeless country and deny it its diversity and peace. Yemenis are exhausted from this rapidly deteriorating situation. There must be another way out, for no country in the world should be governed by iron, fire, fear, hunger and death. Decision-makers must end this situation as soon as possible or it will eventually reach them.

My mural “Assassination’s Eye” #Ruins_Campaign, on Mathbah bridge wall, December 29, 2016.

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Assassination’s Eye1