Khozana Omar

I am a female British-Yemeni illustrator and visual artist, based in Sheffield. I enjoy creating bold, colourful imagery that also has meaning and power. I’m interested in culture, fashion, feminism, and sport.

Fighter Birds – I wanted to express how I felt about one particular topic: War, especially in the Middle East. As a young person from Yemen, I wish for my country and others to have stability and to be a place to thrive rather than survive. This piece represents a future where people can look up and see birds rather than being followed by fighter planes. Even after the war, their shadow follows us, creating long-term generational trauma and unliveable conditions. The war in Yemen is officially “over” but people will still feel the effects of it for years to come.