Silver / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Another face of War

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Company
    Agence France-press
  • Photographer
    Sameer Al-Doumy

In the War thousands of stories are forgotten, everything is about the stereotype which is summed up in pictures of wounded, bombing and destruction. However there’s still another face of that war, that face is those people who silently suffering the effects of war. Um Mohammed is one of this forgotten stories which we’ll highlight it in this project.Um Mohammed 62 years old, who is originally from Aleppo, lives with her husband who due to an air strike injury lost the ability to walk. She performs rehabilitation exercises with her war injured husband at their destroyed home in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria.Um Mohammed, attends a literacy class and she farms chicken as a source of food and income.

Sameer Al-Doumy, is a freelance photographer born in Douma, Syria on Jan 6, 1998.

He uses an alias for security reasons. Before the beginning of the war, he was a middle school student focused on his studies and his dream of becoming a doctor. He was in 8th grade when the peaceful uprising started in 2011, but slowly the demonstrations spread and reached his hometown of Douma. His older siblings started documenting the events and uploading videos to the Internet and, as the conflict intensified, he began to help them.

For three years, he worked on filming what was happening for a local publication. He gained a lot of experience, though, and journalism became his passion and interest. In 2014, he became interested in photography and started browsing the Internet for tutorials to learn more. He began working with AFP at the end of 2014 where he began working under a pseudonym to protect himself and his family members.