#1 Destination: Guantanamo

1. Music recreation – Special guest: Eminem

2. Massage night + day – Slapping technique

3. Exercise – long term standing technique

4. Slimming – cold room technique (the opposite of sauna)

5. Pool – water boarding all day long (extreme sports)

Vittorio Arrigoni



“Take a litter of kittens and put them in a box,” he says Jamal, a surgeon at Al Shifa the main hospital in Gaza, while a nurse leaves in front of us, on the ground a couple of cardboard boxes, covered with splashes of blood.
“Close the box now, and with all your weight and your whole strength jumped up on it to hear the sound of bones breaking, and the last meow drowning.” As I look at the boxes dumbfounded, the doctor continues:
“Try now to imagine what would happen after the publication of such an event, a perfectly fair reaction of the international public opinion, the complaints of organizations for animal rights …” the doctor continues his account, and I can’t manage to stop looking over these boxes that are placed right in front of my feet. “Israel locked up hundreds of people  inside a school as if it were a box, dozens of children and then stepped on it, by bombing it. And what was the reaction around the world? Almost none. We would have been safer if we had were born as animals, instead of Palestinians
At this point, the doctor pays attention to one of these boxes, and opens it before me. Inside are human limbs, hands and legs from the knee and below or whole human parts that belonged to wounded amputees and they were brought from the school of the United Nations Al Fakhura di Jabalia, where the victims are over 50 so far. I excuse my self to Jamal, saying that I have to make a phone call and I rush to the toilet where I throw up… ”

Vittorio Arrigoni Gaza, January 8, 2009


…one should see the following link of the Israeli news… mmmm! interesting

A Short Travel to Yemen

When I began my virtual travel to Yemen, the first thing that stroke my feminine nature was the “child brides” theme. The numbers are socking, since 52% of women there are getting married before puberty. Yemen is a very traditional islamic country… They simply follow the example of prophet Muhammad, who married Aisha when she was 6 years old, and 9 when he consumated their marriage…!

On the other hand, Yemen is a country in the Arab peninsula that has all exotic elements of  “One thousand and One nights” folk tales, without the romantic element of the story. The structure of the cities,  the existence of sheikhs (they rise and shine), the unexpected rebellion of the people.

While I was drawing, I was reading (yes, I can do both simultaneously) a very interesting article by the N.Y. Times: “Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?” Suprisingly, this american article by Robert F. Worth, published in July 6th, 2010 (before the African uprising) was my virtual transportation to the country. I strongly recommented it…