The Choice of Democracy, Kafranbel

Collection with 23 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

14 Apr 2013 08:00

Every week, Ahmad Jalal, a young dentist in the city of Kafranabel, Syria makes controversial drawings about the Syrian regime, its allies, and the international community. Each drawing is a protest against the international community's declarations about Syria, or a denunciation of human rights abuses committed by the Syrian regime. Every week a banner is also made and echos the messages found in the drawings.

Unknown before the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Kafranbel is a small city that has become an icon of the Syrian uprising. Located in the Idlib region of North-Western Syria, in a zone controlled by the Free Syrian Army's Knights of the law brigade, this small city is now becoming known for its caricatures and banners.

The text on the caricatures and banners of Kafranabel is written in English in order to "reach the international public opinion more that the governments, as [the governments] have never done something for us since the beginning of the revolution", Ahmad Jalal says. Ahmad Jalal also tries to use the caricatures as a way to promote Syrian unity. Some drawings and messages have been dedicated, for instance, to Qamishli, a predominantly Kurdish city in the north-east of the country which is under the control of the PYD, a Kurdish independence party. After two years of revolution and war, Kafranbel is trying to lead the fight against sectarianism and is fast becoming a model for the rest of the Syrian population opposed to the regime, but keeping hope for a unified Syria.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

In front of the Kafranbelmedia center, caricatures of the drawer Ahmad Jalal which are brandished during the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.

Devant le centre des medias, les caricatures du dessinateur Ahmad Jalal brandies durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafr Nabel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.

Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

The young activist Mohammad is the meeting leader. He launches into slogans that demonstrators sing along all together.

L’activiste Mohammad est le meneur du rassemblement, il entonne les slogans révolutionnaires repris en cœur par les manifestants.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

« Knights of the law » fighters who are the Kafranbel FSA brigade are participating to the demonstration. The douchka fixed on their pick-up is used to protect the demonstration if the regular army planes bomb the city.

Les combattants des chevaliers du droit, brigade de l’armée syrienne libre de Kafranbel participent à la manifestation. La douchka installée sur leur pick-up leur permet de défendre la manifestation en cas d’attaque aérienne du régime.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

About one hundred Kafr Nabel inhabitants are participating to the Friday demonstration. They hold slogans written in arabic and english as well as caricatures. Kafranbel has become famous in Syria thanks for its mobilization and creativity. Shared on Facebook, caricatures and slogans are followed by Syrians who live inside the country as outside.

Une centaine d'habitants de Kafranbel, participent à la manifestation du vendredi. Ils brandissent des slogans en arabe et en anglais ainsi que des caricatures. Kafer Nabel est devenu célèbre en Syrie pour sa mobilisation et sa créativité. Partagés sur Facebook, les caricatures et les slogans sont très suivis par les syriens de l'intérieur comme de l'extérieur.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Kafranbel inhabitants sing « Kafranbel won't die, Syria is united ». The media activist Mohammad launches into slogans that demonstrators sing along all together.

Les habitants de Kafranbel, chantent « Kafranbel ne mourra pas, la Syrie est unie ». Mohammad activiste média entonne les slogans que les manifestants reprennent en cœur.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Demonstrators are showing a drawing of Imane, a young caricaturist woman from Kafranbel.

Les manifestants montrent un dessin d'Iman, jeune femme caricaturiste de Kafranbel.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

About fifty men and children of Kafranbel have gathered for the demonstration. In the middle of ruins of a building destroyed by the Syrian army aviation, they hold the Syrian revolution flag.

Une cinquantaine d'hommes et d'enfants de Kafranbel ont rejoint le rassemblement. Ils brandissent le drapeau de la révolution syrienne au milieu des décombres d'un immeuble touché par l'aviation de l'armée syrienne.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

After the Friday prayer at the mosque, inhabitants are gathering to demonstrate. Liberated since august 2012, the city is regularly bombed by the Syrian army located eight kilometers from there. 230 houses and buildings have been destroyed in Kafranbel.

Après la prière du vendredi à la mosquée, les habitants se rassemblent pour manifester. Libérée en aout 2012, la ville est régulièrement la cible des bombardements de l'armée régulière positionnée à 8 km de là. 230 maisons et bâtiments de Kafranbel ont été détruits.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Five hours of work later, the drawing is ready to be exposed by the demonstrators for the Friday weekly meeting. The caricature of the day represents Hamlet, the famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play. Ahmad Jalal has transformed the Hamlet mythic sentence « to be or not to be » into « to be or to be ». The character holds in his hand an Egyptian cross which symbolizes life. It is painted with the colours of the Syrian revolution. According to Ahmad Jalal, « Syria must keep living ».

Après cinq heures de travail, le dessin est prêt à être exposé par les manifestants pour le rassemblement hebdomadaire du vendredi. La caricature du jour représente Hamlet, célèbre personnage d'une pièce de théâtre de Shakespeare. Il a détourné la phrase culte de Hamlet « to be or not to be » en « to be or to be ». Il tient dans sa main, une croix égyptienne, symbole de la vie peinte aux couleurs de la révolution syrienne. Pour Ahmad Jalal « La Syrie doit continuer à vivre. »

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Paintings and pencils used by the caricaturist Ahmad Jalal are brought from Turkey by the activists because of the Syrian products shortage. Kafranbel is located at sixty kilometers from the Bab el-Hawa Turkish frontier post. Syrian people are numerous to pass through it.

Les peintures et les crayons utilisés par le caricaturiste Ahmad Jalal sont amenés de Turquie par les activistes en raison de la pénurie de produits syriens. Kafranbel est située à soixante kilomètres du poste-frontière turc de Bab el-Hawa par lequel les Syriens sont nombreux à transiter.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Ahmad Jalal is coloring his caricature. He draws the life cross hold by Hamlet with the colours of the Syrian revolution flag.

Ahmad Jalal colore sa caricature. Il a dessiné la croix de la vie tenue par Hamlet aux couleurs du drapeau de la révolution syrienne.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Ahmad Jalal is coloring his caricature. He draws the life cross hold by Hamlet with the colours of the Syrian revolution flag.

Ahmad Jalal colore sa caricature. Il a dessiné la croix de la vie tenue par Hamlet aux couleurs du drapeau de la révolution syrienne.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Ahmad Jalal also finds his inspiration on the Internet where he finds models. Here an Egyptian cross which symbolizes life. The famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play Hamlet will hold it.

Ahmad Jalal s'inspire également de modèles trouvés sur internet. Ici une croix égyptienne symbolisant la vie que tiendra Hamlet, célèbre personnage de Shakespeare.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

The activists of the Kafranbel media center office surround the caricaturist Ahmad Jalal in order to advice and give their opinion about his draw.

Les activistes du bureau des médias de Kafranbel entourent le caricaturiste Ahmad Jalal, pour le conseiller et donner leur avis sur son dessin.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
19 Apr 2013

Every Friday morning at 5 am, the drawer Ahmad Jalal starts to draw a caricature which will be shown the same day during the weekly demonstration. He finds his inspiration at the last moment, depending on the last week events. Here he is drawing Hamlet, famous character of a Shakespeare theatre play, in order to transform the mythic sentence « to be or not to be » into « to be or to be ». Syria must keep living.

Chaque vendredi matin à 5h, le dessinateur Ahmad Jalal commence à dessiner la caricature qui sera brandie le même jour durant la manifestation hebdomadaire. Il trouve son inspiration au dernier moment en fonction des événements de la semaine. Ici il dessine Hamlet, célèbre personnage d'une pièce de théâtre de Shakespeare, afin de détourner sa phrase culte « to be or not to be » en « to be or to be ». La Syrie doit continuer à vivre.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Every Thursday night, the Kafranbel head of media office Raed Fares writes the banner which will be shown during the Friday demonstration. Located in the Idleb province Kafranbel became famous for its slogans. The message is always written in English. According to Raed « It is important that the world knows what we are enduring ».

Chaque jeudi soir, Raed Farès, responsable du bureau des médias de Kafranbel prépare une bannière qui sera déployée le vendredi lors de la manifestation. Petite ville de la province d'Idleb, Kafranbel est devenue célèbre pour ses slogans. Le message est toujours rédigé en anglais. Selon Raed « Il est important que le monde sache ce que l'on endure ».

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

Demonstrators hold the banner which message is: « Nobody can kill our dream of that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom ». Some of them also hold Syrian revolution flags.

Les manifestants tiennent la banderole où il est inscrit « Personne ne peut tuer nos rêves, avec la volonté de Dieu, que la liberté renaisse dans cette nation ». Certains d'entre eux tiennent des drapeaux à l'effigie de la révolution syrienne.