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“Suffering For Your Art” in Afghanistan


Malina Suliman, 23, risks her life to express herself and create art, often painting at night, using a dim flashlight, to avoid the Taliban.

“Thirty years of war and conflict, starting with the Soviet invasion of 1979, effectively shelved Afghanistan’s art scene. The austere 1996-2001 rule of the Taliban then banned most art outright, declaring it un-Islamic.

Since the Islamist group was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces almost twelve years ago, large Afghan cities have resurrected something of an art movement, but progress is slow.”

…”One of our biggest fears is that people will mistake us for creating art for foreigners or working with NGOs. People who work with NGOs get shot without question in Kandahar,” she said.

“Despite her success, Suliman has received threatening phonecalls warning her against attending her own exhibits, and the Taliban have spoken out against her.”

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  • Neyt Fry

    How sad that she has to go to such lengths for her art. On the other hand, how resilient she is !!

  • Conservadiva

    In Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, her characters also had to hide their lighted activities at night as it was against the law to use lights after dark. We know what the Muslim Taliban is all about, oppression, so why is Obama partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood? Because that is what Obama is about…


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