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“The image of conflict and violence in the developing world has not just becoming too familiar, but reflects nothing aside from the sheer scale of the problems. Often anonymous, they leave those who have experienced violence faceless. This is made most clear with women, where sexual violence is used as a weapon of war. However, there are those who don’t want this to be women’s only story.” (via Women Are Heroes | Article-27)
Despite Ali Saleh’s power-transfer to Hadi, Yemen remains largely under authoritarian rule. Those who have studied Yemen can see how Saleh’s sneaky ways have allowed his regime to retain dominance in the government.
Since 1990, Ali Saleh began to co-opt the tribes into Yemen’s government through his patronage system. Thus, the transitional government, which holds no interest in preserving political democracy and social change, has been made up of Saleh’s family.
His half-brother runs the air force, his son commands the Republican Guard and his nephew is in charge of the domestic security forces and the elite American-funded counter-terrorism unit.
With vanishing water supply, extreme poverty, major political and tribal divisions – what comes next for Yemen is highly unlikely to be simple or peaceful.
I have included 3 short, moving and compelling videos filmed by friends, sarahjishaq , SupportYemen team, and Adam Sjoberg. The first, filmed by Adam from Loose Luggage, tells the story of struggling communities and their love for breakdancing and the hip-hop culture. The last two videos highlight Yemen’s Revolution and their pursuit for collective liberation.
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WAR-TOYS is a documentary film that follows artist/photographer Brian McCarty as he works to complete a new project in the Middle East. Using Brian’s unique toy photography and principles of play and art therapy, the project explores firsthand accounts of war from the perspective of children living in its day-to-day reality. Working through local humanitarian organizations in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, Brian’s WAR-TOYS project focuses on the latest generation of Israelis and Palestinians that has never known an existence without the constant threat of rocket attacks, air strikes, gunfire, explosions, and incursions.
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