Throughout the year, Khalid has documented the Arab Spring uprisings across the region through his clever illustrations. And as journalist and Northwestern University student Salima Al Ismaili reports, his cartoons have spread not just online, but even to the streets of Cairo and Beirut:
When the uprisings began in Egypt earlier this year, a popular graffiti plastered in Tahrir Square showed an image of then-President Hosni Mubarak. It was an illustration of Mubarak with the word “Misr” (Egypt in Arabic) spray-painted beside it. In Arabic, the diacritics can also change the word “Misr” to “Musir,” meaning “persistent.”
The same image has been turned into a stencil and spread to Beirut while the drawing originally came from a young Sudanese political cartoonist based in Doha.
Salima profiles the rising 30-year-old artist, sharing insights into his influences, his future works and his enigmatic father:
Albaih’s father, Abduallah Albaih, was an active politician in Sudan, and the mystery of who he really is is something Albaih is still attempting to unravel.