Eight Writers tour the world to testify on humanitarian crisis

MENA and Ahram Online, Tuesday 10 Apr 2012

Nobel laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, will be in Marrakech among 8 writers who witnessed different international humanitarian crises in various parts of the world, and will tell their stories together with pictures

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‘Witnesses of Oblivion’ exhibition will be hosted at Cervantes Institute in Marrakech, Morocco, receiving eight writers who have witnessed eight humanitarian crises around the world. The exhibition that has already visited Madrid, Athens and Rome will now head to Morocco on 14 April 2012, featuring Peruvian writer and Nobel Laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa who visited Congo and witnessed the disasters taking place there. Seven other writers will also tell their stories accompanied by photos. The initiative is a collaboration between the Cervantes Institute and Doctors Without Borders (Medicine Sans Frontieres) an international medical humanitarian organisation established in 2009 with the aim of bringing to the world the human pains forgotten or less known.

Spanish photographer Juan Carlos Tomasi accompanied six of the writers, and his photographs will feature together with the writings shared.

Argentina writer Leila Guerriero visited Zimbabwe; Mexican writer Laura Esquivel visited Guatemala; Spanish writer Juan Jose Millas went to Kashmir; and Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez visited Haiti. Meanwhile journalist and author John Carlin visited Bangladesh; Colombian Laura Restrepo went to Yemen; and finally Spanish writer Manuel Vicent went to Colombia.

The exhibition that will tour 44 countries will head from Marrakech to Tatwan, then Casablanca in Morocco, and will move from there to Japan from there, taking the insights about war, poverty, hunger and internal conflicts all over the world.


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