About 30 young artists, a majority of whom are art students, have been participating in this program. In February, we trained them in street art techniques, and then in March, we created 33 graffiti pieces in 11 different parts of the city that we chose so that they could be seen by the most passers-by.
We have had a very positive reaction to our initiative, and residents have shown a lot of interest in what we are doing. Many gathered in front of our graffiti and asked us questions both about this type of art and about the underlying message.
The Taliban have tried to intimidate us by telling us that what we were doing was against Islam. The artists and I have received threatening phone calls, but that hasn’t stopped us. I alerted the authorities, but I am not under protection so I am limiting my movements to try to protect myself. But I am happy that our graffiti pieces are still up and that they have been so enthusiastically received by the people of Kandahar.