The cartoonist Hossein Rezaei being interviewed by InfoMigrants in Amsterdam | Photo : Tina Xu 2021
The cartoonist Hossein Rezaei being interviewed by InfoMigrants in Amsterdam | Photo : Tina Xu 2021

Cartoonist Hossein Rezaei was evacuated on one of the last planes leaving Afghanistan before the Taliban seized power. For the past 10 years, he has been using his drawings to document life in his home country.

Hossein Rezaei is an Afghan cartoonist now residing in the Netherlands. He uses cartoons to process difficult emotions and events, providing a snapshot of the harsh reality of living in the country.



Rezaei has gained significant recognition for his work, winning the Excellence Award at the 10th International Cartoon Contest in Urziceni, Romania in 2016 and participating in the 5th International Cartoon Gathering in Cairo in 2018. He is also a member of The Cartoon Movement, an organization supporting cartoonists around the world, which was pivotal in arranging his evacuation out of Afghanistan. 

He was forced to flee Kabul in the midst of the Taliban takeover in August last year, narrowly escaping as the extremists encroached on Afghanistan's capital. He was evacuated to the Netherlands with help from The Cartoon Movement and the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

Rezaei is now settling into life in the Netherlands and he is learning the Dutch language. He continues to draw cartoons.

Also read our online feature about Hossein Rezaei: The fall of Afghanistan –through the eyes of a cartoonist.


*Note: There have been several different spellings of Hossein Rezaei's name e.g. Hossien Rezaye, also by the artist himself -- this is due to alternative ways of transliterating his name.

 

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