Recently, I saw graffiti on the outer walls of Gedaref Hospital. There were several murals in vivid colours that showed the dreams and talents of post revolution Sudan. One of my friends, Dr. Omer Mander, has linked me with Dr. Abdallah Mohi El-Deen, the founder of G. Artistic – the youthful flair that stands behind the creativity on the streets of Gedaref. He has sent me a letter to explain the ambitious objective of his aspiring artistic group.
Dear Abdul-Aziz ,
Yaqub Samba and I have initiated an idea for an artistic work in Gedaref state. We believe that art can deal with the problems of the community, can be a source of consciousness, raise the awareness of young artists and earn people ‘s admiration because of its positive impact. Through social media we have managed to assemble amateurs, hobbyists and interested people in general. So far, a workshop has been conducted on drawing and Arabic calligraphy as well as lessons in music, singing and theatre. Some people have no community oriented message, get into art as a lucrative business and utilize their funds to produce humiliating and cheap works that ruin popular taste. However, our initiative is non-profit as we always see art as having a noble mission to promote pro-social behaviour and ethics. We intend to present committed works that seek to resolve pressing questions like homeland affairs, unemployment and the emigration of youth. In support of new Sudan, Inside the sit-in venue at the Second Infantry Battalion in Gedaref, we have painted flags of freedom, peace and justice on the faces and hands of protesters. But the major task has been the murals in front of the December Revolution martyrs street. We hope that our mission will be universal rather than just being local.
Best wishes, Abdallah Mohi El-deen, College of Medicine /University of Gedaref
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