KHARTOUM, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Murals returned to the main streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum as the country Thursday commemorated the first anniversary of protests which ousted former President Omar al-Bashir.
The artists repainted the murals to remind people of the sacrifices made by the protesters.
"During protests, the mural painting art spread and played an important role," said Faisal Mohamed Saleh, Sudan's culture and information minister.
"The movement is still continuing and it is the duty of the state to support these artists despite the weak budget," he added.
He further stressed that "we have many projects to support arts in general."
He said the ministry seeks to establish a fixed exhibition to display the works of the plastic and visual artists to reflect the role of these young artists.
Meanwhile, the artists who painted the murals said their paintings have contributed to reflecting the importance of national unity and enhancing the peaceful co-existence among all components of the Sudanese community.
To this end, Mughira Abdul-Baqui, a plastic artist and student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Khartoum, said that "since the eruption of the protests, we have been keen to reaffirm the value of co-existence among the Sudanese people with their different colors and ethnicities."
"There were huge murals at the entry of the sit-in square portraying the strength and unity among people," he noted.
Through the murals, the artists tried to document the most prominent events that accompanied the protesters.