Published on March 6, 2014
Yemeni women with fighting spirits Photos by Amira Al-Sharif
Najat Al-Suraihi, age 18, was married at 12 and has a twoyear-old daughter called Zuhoor. She fled from her husband’s house following years of brutal treatment, returning to her father’s home in a village near Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. As the oldest child, Najat must cook for the family, look after her brothers and sisters, work in the house, and help her father work on a grape orchard.
Najat has two dreams: to be divorced and to be a nurse. For her, reading offers the chance to feel happy for a while, to find some relief, and to learn. In her family’s dust-filled kitchen, there is a small window that lets in light, lets in hope.
Nurses on a training course in Damar, Yemen.
Amal Ahmed married when she was 15 and has three children. She studies from home and hopes that her daughters will have the opportunities that she has been denied.
Aziza (name changed), 14, returns home from her daily trip to cut wood, which her family needs for cooking and for warmth.
Women collecting water from a well in Taiz, Yemen. In rural Yemen, women walk long distances every day to collect water.
Anisah Mahdhar Mohammed, age 30, with her daughter Khadejah. Anisah, a widow with seven children to provide for, raises goats and collects seeds to sell as animal feed.
Fatimah Ahmed cooks breakfast in Hajah village.
Children play in Jabal Al-Nar (on the coast near Hodeidah), where 3,000 people live in makeshift homes without electricity or water.
Women planting onions as they rebuild their lives in Al Kawd, Abyan, having fled due to civil conflict over a year before.
Mona Saleh Sheikh, age 20, divorced, takes Waheed, her only child, to the town of Zinjibar for a vaccination, because medical services have not yet resumed in her home town after the fighting.
Fatimah Awen Salim and her family fled into the desert when the fighting began in 2011 and have been living there since, without any facilities.
Wardah Ali (name changed) dreams of being a future human rights minister in Yemen.
Yemeni women with fighting spirits All photos © Amira Al-Sharif
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