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YEMENI ARTISTS PAINT ON WALLS TO PROTEST WAR|葉門藝術家拿筆上街 集體塗鴉反內戰

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-03-21
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In Yemen's constitutional capital, Sanaa, street artists organized a visual protest against its ongoing civil war that has left more than 7,400 people dead and about 17 million people starving. Through the collaborative artwork, these artists hope to spread a message of peace.

A group of Yemeni artists took to the streets, painting murals on the wall of Sanaa University in a visual protest against the country's civil war that seems to have no end in sight.

== MURAD SUBAY street artist and political activist==
It carries a message for society to go paint on walls, with participants of all ages, whether artists or civilians. Of course it expresses peace and rejects political conflicts and current wars.

Locals, no matter who they are, were allowed to take part in the event. There were children, heavily-armed soldiers, and a woman who advocates for gender equality.

== NASSEEM ABDUL MOGHNY participant==
As a woman at the beginning of my life, I wish I could have a state that protects my rights, provides me with a salary at least. I don't receive any salary, nor any basic supply for daily life, and I wanted to showcase my opinion (through painting).

Since 2015, the war between pro-government forces and Shiite Houthi rebels has taken more than 7,400 lives and wounded 40,000 people, according to the United Nations. The war has also led to food scarcity and price hikes.

==STEPHEN O'BRIEN USG/ERC, OCHA, UN==
Already, the humanitarian suffering that we see in Yemen today is caused by the parties and proxies and if they don't change their behaviour now, they must be held accountable for the inevitable famine, unnecessary deaths and associated amplification in suffering that will follow.

Yemen is one of the four countries currently facing famine or near-famine situations, along with South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and Somalia. The UN warned that 60 percent of Yemenis or about 17 million people are at risk of starvation in the next 6 months.

TRANSLATED BY:SASHA CHIU