For Palestinian artist Ahmad Yaseen, spiny cactus plants make perfect canvas for his drawings. The artist has impressed many by his original way of expressing Palestinian suffering: using something that no one had contemplated.
Rather than painting scenes from the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Yaseen draw elements that provide glimmer of hope. His favorite set of drawings is of two newborns – one is resting in his mother’s arms while the other is breastfeeding.
About a year ago, Yaseen decided that the cacti growing in and around his village would become his canvases, and he would use those plants to accurately depict what the Palestinians are going through, how they live.