A group of young artists in Kunduz have started a campaign through which they paint murals of war victims and create other artworks to promote peace and encourage the warring parties to cease violence in the country.
“The war-hit Kunduz where we face imminent security threats motivated this group to bring forward their art and send the message of peace to all,” said Omid Jebran, an artist.
“Violence created by the Taliban cannot silence our voice… There are dozens who will raise their voice same as Yama (Siawash) did. There are people here who will come forward and will raise their voice,” said Hadia Khaliq, an artist.
The move by the artists group was welcomed by Kunduz residents as it happens in a city that is often faced with serious threats by militants.
“Their work reflects support to freedom of the press and other achievements that we have. These are carried out in the shape of painting and writings,” said Enayatullah Khaleeq, head of Kunduz civil society association.
Kunduz has witnessed heavy clashes between government forces and the Taliban over the last five years. Local officials said that at least 11,000 people have been displaced in the province due to conflicts over the last year.