freelance photographer for the last 6 years
previously worked with print media in Qatar - Abode magazine, Oryx publishing
Commercial photography for automotive market - Mitsubishi, Volvo, Toyota, Cadillac
freelance photographer for the last 6 years
Qatar has developed at a fast pace over the last ten years and its economy is continuously growing. The increase in the expatriate labor force and the number of businesses operating in the country have pushed up the demand of premium real estate for housing and offices.
While many traditional corner shops and neighborhood stores have seen their doors shut to make place for modern buildings to house the future of Qatar’s small and medium businesses, others managed to still keep their place on the Doha’s backstreets and in the daily life of their loyal clients.
More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists. The Nubian Meroe pyramids, much smaller but just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones, are found on the east bank of the Nile river, near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Around 1000 BCE, after the fall of the 24th Egyptian dynasty, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush arose as the leading power in the middle Nile region. The Kushite kings took over and ruled much of Egypt from 712 to 657 BCE. In 300 BCE, when the capital and royal burial ground of the kingdom moved to the Meroe region, the pharaonic tradition of building pyramids to encapsulate the tombs of rulers continued here.
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The Central African Republic (CAR) has experienced decades of political unrest. Violence has spiralled since the 2013, when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels alliance
ousted President Francois Bozize. Their abuses against the majority Christian population sparked a wave of revenge attacks that led to massacres across the country.
Violence in the north east of the country and in the capital Bangui has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. UNHCR estimates that over 2000 people have been killed since December 2013. More than 600 000 people have been internally displaced and some 100 000 have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon.
According to the UNHCR, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now hosting nearly 60,000 refugees from Central African Republic. Half of them are spread across four refugee camps, while the others are living with host families.
An estimated 9000 people live in the Mole refugee camp, located on the banks of the Oubagui river, 35 kilometres from the nearest big town, Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nearly 10,000 refugees, both Muslims and Christians, have found refuge in the Boyabu Camp.
Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. More than 9000 people live in the Mole refugee camp. Refugees have set up a small market at the entrance of the camp where they trade whatever goods and food they can spare.
Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Shelter are made from wooden frames covered in plastic sheeting. Refugees sleep on bamboo matts on the bare ground.
Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. School children showing the words they learned in class that day. Not all the children receive notebooks. Many of them have have to use small wooden black painted boards and chalk.
Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Every day the number of shelters in the camp is growing. 20 to 30 new refugees arrive to the camp every 2 or 3 days.
Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Teenagers often walk for hours to reach local markets and trade and sell the egetables and fruits they pick in the forest with locals.
Children in Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. The majority of the children in the camp attend schools set up by the UNHR with the support of the refugees' leaders.
Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. People in the camp are trying to live as normal as possible despite the situation. Most of them already have a daily routine of chores around their shelter, provided by UNHCR.