QToons: Impressions of the blockade

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Images courtesy of Abdulaziz Yousef

As the blockade against Qatar approaches its 5th month, we as a nation continue to look back and take stock of each obstacle we’ve overcome, and each measured response taken by our leadership. Last night we once again saw our Emir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani express his strength, dignity, and pride in the people of Qatar during his interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose. In the face of his leadership, we also take great comfort and pride in knowing that no matter the adversity we are faced with, Qatar will persevere with determination and hope.

In this week’s edition of QToons, Temsa7 cartoonist Abdulaziz Yousef shares his impressions of the blockade through a series of cartoons that explore reactions to the blockade, and emotions surrounding its ongoing effects. All images reflect the interpretation of the artist.

This image reflects the sadness felt by Qatar towards those in the blockading countries who have been forced into silence and unable to speak out in support of Qatar.

This image is about choice, and doing the right thing. When the blockading nations announced the trade embargo against Qatar they stopped the flow of goods between nations. Qatar could have, in turn, stopped the supply of oil and gas to these countries but chose not to.

This image shows Qatar’s boundless determination to leap over the 13 demands imposed by the blockading nations, as their requests fall like dominoes.

These two images are meant to reflect the personal financial gains U.S. President Donald Trump stood to acquire from the blockade, due to his Trump Organization’s vast corporate real estate investments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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