Since then, Fatimah started to speak up with the only weapon she had: art.
“I want the world to know that in Iraq we don’t die only because of war. We also die because of negligence and lack of control. The government often turns a blind eye to the constant chaos we live in.”
A clear example of this situation is the tragedy that happened in Mosul last March. Back then, a ferry with a capacity of 50 people was loaded with 200. Eventually the ferry sank into the Tigris river, and tens of people drowned. In addition, water in Iraq is still highly contaminated, and car crashes and fire accidents occur on a daily basis.
Fatimah is also focused on another ever-lasting problem of the region: sectarianism and hatred among different ethnic groups.
“Did you know that in February the British troops discovered 50 severed heads in Baghuz? They belonged to Yazidi women, the sex slaves of ISIS. The Islamic State had cut their heads off and dumped them in dustbins, as if they were garbage. The news didn’t give much attention to this, but I will be the voice of the Yazidi women who can’t talk.“
She then created an art performance to tell the world about the brutal massacre, involving other international artists like the Thai Vasan Sitthiket.