Painting the Dead: How artists are using the brush to address extra-judicial killings

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The American sculptor, Duane Hanson once said, “Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” Although its interpretation depends on the mind of the viewer, art is indeed a powerful tool. In Kenya, cases of extra-judicial killings carried out allegedly by the security agencies have been on the rise but the government remains adamant that the men in uniform are clean. According to the Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU), a non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, police officers between January and December 2015 carried out 97 summary executions. The government has denied these claims but families are asking- where are our sons? Africa Uncensored and Amnesty International brought together a number of artists to capture the emotions of family members left behind by victims of this seemingly unending brutality. Watch how art imitates life with our reporter Iqra Salah.

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