Exiled painter shows 'disappearance' of Afghan women

Murad Sharifi, a refugee from Afghanistan, works at a kebab shop and lives in a shelter for the homeless on Budapest's outskirts.

Despite those circumstances, his tiny room is crammed with paintings.

Sharifi, who fled to Hungary during the 2015 migration wave with tens of thousands of others, says it is his "obligation" to show the oppression faced by women in his home country, worsening since the Taliban takeover in August.

His work is currently on show at a hall in Budapest along with that of three other refugees.

"When I arrived in Europe I felt I could not explain to people in Europe the oppression of women in Afghanistan. After much thinking I decided that by drawing and painting I would be able to better express it."

Women will "slowly disappear" behind the walls of their homes under Taliban rule, he says.

The world he depicts is colorful but ominous, of Afghan women clad in burqas, surrounded by hostile men.

In one, a woman is shown in a meat grinder with a bearded man squeezing her neck and pushing her down.

Another shows a queue of men eyeing a woman suspiciously - they don't understand her freedom, Sharifi says.

Sharifi is from the mainly Shi'ite Muslim Hazara community, which was repressed under the severe Sunni rule of the Taliban when they were last in power 20 years ago.

While the Taliban have promised to allow women more freedoms this time round, they have so far reopened schools and most workplaces only to men and boys.

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