Sweden refuses to grant Yemeni photographer a visa to attend his exhibition

Sweden refuses to grant Yemeni photographer a visa to attend his exhibition


The Swedish consulate in Egypt refused to grant the Yemeni photographer, Abdulrahman al-Ghabri, a visa to attend his exhibit titled "Art For Freedom and democracy".

Al-Ghabri told the new Arab that the consulate rejected his visa application, despite that he was invited by three Swedish parties to attend his exhibition, which will be held in 3 cities there.

Al-Gabri is one of the most famous photographers in Yemen who has documented political and artistic milestones in the country over the past four decades.

“Their excuse was I might seek for asylum when I get to Sweden, and I swear I will not do it even if they offered asylum, I am intrigued by my country Yemen and will not seek asylum elsewhere," al-Ghabri said.

"Sweden will receive Yemeni warlords, facilitate their stay and offer hospitality in the Arab way," he said, referring to Sweden's hosting of the Yemeni talks in early December.

Al-Ghabri wrote in his blog on Facebook “I intend to come to the countries of Frederick, Nobel, not to bring bottles of dynamite, but to show the images of peace, freedom, and coexistence... Will peace prevail over improvised explosive devices? "


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