Jan. 29 - Malina Suliman raises her voice through art in southern Kandahar, one of the country’s most dangerous areas. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
Afghan artist Malina Suliman is risking her life to create art in southern Kandahar. The province is the birthplace of the Taliban and is still one of the country's most dangerous areas. But her paintings and sculptures are bold representations of the problems facing her generation, even when some Muslims forbid it. (SOUNDBITE) Malina Suliman, Afghan artist, saying (Pashto): "I have received a direct threat from the Taliban, who warned me not to draw idols and make sculptures. They say it's prohibited in Islam. I haven't made any sculptures, but in the future, I will start drawing some Islamic works and it will show our people that it's not bad work, it's just an art and a skill." Despite the opposition from tribal elders and even members of her own family, Suliman's work has drawn praise from top officials in Kandahar and earned her an invitation to show President Hamid Karzai her work. As part of an art collective, she's able to show off her creations at a gallery in Kandahar, inspiring other women to create art that imitates life.