“Art is another way to reach people.” Illustrations by Melissa Cornet from Afghanistan

There was no energy within the metropolis, and Melissa did not have her personal generator, so, like many others in Kabul that night time, she had no warmth or electrical energy.

Because the Taliban returned to energy 4 months in the past, there was a strict curfew within the metropolis. She couldn’t depart the constructing or talk with buddies. She had already learn the 5 or 6 books she had introduced from dwelling, and so, with out doing anything, she did one thing she had not accomplished since she was a baby.

I picked up a pen and drew.

Having spent the previous 5 years in Kabul and dealing with varied humanitarian teams, Melissa is in a novel place. She had lived in Kabul earlier than the autumn, and is now again, after its digital takeover.

She was witnessing the modifications in actual time, and realized she might doc this historic time by her artwork.

“Advocacy is difficult. You need to get individuals to hearken to issues they do not care about,” says Melissa, who most lately served as director of advocacy for CARE Afghanistan. “And once they’re bored with info and figures, artwork is one other technique to attain individuals and inform them what is going on on contained in the nation.”

Beneath are excerpts from Melissa’s sketchbook, together with temporary descriptions of the place she was and what she noticed on her travels across the nation.

Two ladies in Kandahar

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