Yemen – Aden youth fight against war through their peace paintings


Location: Aden – Yemen

Language: Arabic

Duration: 00:03:29

Sound: natural

Source: A24 in Aden

Restrictions: A24 subscribers

Date: 24/08/ 2022


Smile of Child initiative held an exhibition of peace paintings yesterday, August 23, the first of its kind in Aden, in celebration of International Youth Day, International Children’s Day, and International Day of Peace. A number of young artists participated in the exhibition to spread the message of peace, and to emphasize that every child and youth wants peace. Visitors to the exhibition expressed, in interviews with A24, their admiration for the displayed paintings and artists. They told A24 the art conveyed the artists thoughts and feelings to the world. Wael Yassin Jamal, supervisor of the exhibition told A24 that the displayed paintings were diversified in their use of materials, and incorporation of elements of visual art, also some artists used modern art in their work.


– Soundbite (Safi Mohammed Taher – Artist participating in the exhibition):

“Paintings that I have displayed are three paintings. The first depicts mother’s cry for the loss of her child killed in war. The second depicts poverty. The third depicts brothers who were separated due to life circumstances then reunited. I’m happy I get to display these paintings and show people my work”.

– Soundbite (Hana Mohammed – Visitor to the exhibition):

“We came today to see the first peace paintings exhibition. I was amazed by the beauty and creativity of Aden youth and their drawings that express the difficult conditions in Yemen. The paintings express happiness and sadness at the same time. The artists were able to depict the extent of their suffering and how much they are marginalized and deprived compared to youth across other parts of the world, where there is progress, job opportunities and most importantly; peace.”

– Soundbite (Wael Yassin Jamal – Supervisor of the exhibition):

“I was glad to be part of this exhibition. I loved the works of visual artists that varied in their use of materials and techniques. Artists tried to express peace with various colors, techniques and art elements. Some used modern art in their work.”

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