21 September 2018

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Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani Leaves Powerful Message on Sacramento Wall

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Kabul (BNA) She’s the first female Muslim graffiti artist in Afghanistan – and she’s now using Sacramento as her latest canvas.
Her artwork is part of the dozens of new murals that have been popping up around the capital city.
Shamsia Hassani’s street art breaks the stereotype of the passive Muslim woman. In fact, her graffiti art is giving Afghan women a voice and is inspiring thousands around the world.
“I always liked to show a brighter side of Afghanistan to people around the world,” said Hassani.
Hassani lives in Kabul, Afghanistan – a place that doesn’t support women engaging in street art. In fact, she’s the first female graffiti artist in her country.
“Sometimes it’s OK, but we never know. It’s risky and dangerous,” she said.
Her boldness is now personified in a mural on Del Paso Boulevard with her female character playing an instrument overlooking the streets of Kabul.
“She has no mouth, but she has music and instrument to play her voice,” said Hassani. “And the ram horns, it’s a symbol that gives her power in society, so she can stay strong.”
Through her art, Hassani wants to give women a voice and to spread hope, and she has.
“It’s empowering for another woman of color to take on such big walls,” said artist Cecelia Perez.
And Hassani is not the only one: This year’s Wide Open Walls mural festival has introduced 30 new murals from renowned artists around the world, including Shepard Fairey’s 15-story mural of Johnny Cash on L street, and a gorilla piece made up of all recycled material in a downtown alley that was once run down and neglected.
“The amount of walkers, and bicyclists that stop to gaze, it’s fascinating, we’ve created an outdoor art gallery,” said David Sobon, the founder of the festival.
“We got suddenly this vibrancy downtown that we didn’t have three years ago,” said Visit Sacramento CEO Mike Testa.
Testa says the murals are bringing Sacramento national attention and changing the landscape of the city.
“When you look at parts of our central business district – or parts of midtown – that maybe you didn’t notice in the past, projects like this help you notice them and potentially raise the value of those properties,” said Testa.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) Two people were martyred and at least seven others injured in Tourkham highway late last night.
The event occurred while two vehicles crashed.
According to Media’s office of Nangarhar, in the event two commuters lost their lives and seven others have been wounded.
The main reason behind the incident is more speed and carelessness of the drivers.
The event occurred in Jalalabad-Tourkham highway in surrounding areas of Momand Dara District, where the most deadly traffic accident is always evidenced.
Doctors in a medical center of Nangarhar province reported the health status of two injured critical.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The first flight bringing back pilgrims from Saudi Arabia would land in Kabul on Aug26 (today), the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs official said on Saturday.
Nasiruddin Dareez, spokesman for the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs (MoHRA) told Pajhwok Afghan News the first flight bringing home pilgrims would reach Kabul on Sunday afternoon.
He said around 30,000 pilgrims would be flown back home via 100 flights to Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat and Kandahar cities.  The post-Hajj flight operation would take a month to complete.
Hajj Minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani congratulated President Ashraf Ghani and CE Dr, Abdullah on the successful completion of the Hajj ritual.  He thanked all staff of his ministry and hailed their efforts for providing the best services possible to applicants despite challenges.
According to Saudi officials, nearly three million pilgrims from 160 countries performed Hajj this year.  They say this year’s Hajj happened without any problem.
The number of manpower providing services to pilgrims exceeded 250,000 workers.  The number of violators of Hajj regulations did not exceed 110,000 compared with 1,400,000 in 1433H/.
About 29,699 Afghan pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia on 108 flights from airports in the four zones of the country.

Friday August 24, 2018 Lashkargah City (BNA) About 10 commuters including children and women lost their lives following traffic accident in southern Helmand province. Mohammad Omar Zawak spokesman of Helmand governor told BNA correspondent, the incident took place while a vehicle type of folder smashed with a Humvee Tank in Muhajer Bazzar region, Garashk district of the province, in which four women, three children and three men have died and another commuter was injured. Driver of Humvee Tank was arrested Afghan security forces, Zawak added. Narrow and destruction of roads and carelessness of drivers are the main reasons behind such deadly road accidents in the country. M.A.Ansari

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