Having lived and experienced the conflict in Yemen forced me to be a prisoner of ugly memories that I’ve been always hunted by. The sound of warplanes and shattered window glass are wretched memories that seemed to never escape me. They were those moments of grief where my life would stop and all what I think about was death. They were sharp, and cut right through me every time I think about that time
This photo book is my visual diary where I transmit my memories of experiencing the war in Yemen into testimonies and evidences of pain and trauma. I didn’t want to take my painful memories and place them in a box. I didn’t want to burry them. My inner self demanded the power to heal. This project serve as my healing tool.
I document the ruin of the past at the present moment of peace. I document the stillness of windows in London that were ones shattered in the memories. I document the mass struggle through capturing people who are unfrighten and clamed. I depict my journey of experiencing calmness and I produce sequential narratives in a hope of seeking solace.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, bordered in west by the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, in north by Saudi Arabia and in north east by Oman
In 2014, the Houthis, a Shia rebel group took control of Yemen's capital, Sanaa. When the Houthi took over Sanaa, President Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia and set up a temporary capital in a different city in Yemen called Aden. In response to the Houthis' advances, a coalition of Arab states, with the support of US and UK launched a military campaign in 2015 to defeat the Houthis and restore Yemen's government.
As a result of the massive airstrikes, more than 6,800 people have been killed and 35,000 injured since March 2015. Today, Yemen faces a severe humanitarian disaster where more than 80% experience starvation and in need of an urgent aid.