أغنية حب لجزيرة سقطرى
أميرة الشريف
A Love Song to Socotra Island
Amira Al-Sharif
أغنية حب لجزيرة سقطرى
أميرة الشريف
A Love Song to Socotra Island
Amira Al-Sharif
Socotra Island, Yemen
جزيرة سقطرى، اليمن

A Love Song to Socotra Island grew from a search for inspiring and pioneering women who are making their own way in life while confronting the traditions and customs of a male dominated society. This work pays tribute to these women, and to the inner beauty, wisdom, and generosity they emanate in spite of the harsh realities of their lives. Through their courage, we see the strong beauty of their femininity and the key roles they play in our society. Women in Yemeni society have traditionally had much less power than men. The combination of statutory law, sharia, and traditional tribal practices leave women vulnerable to discrimination and continue to prevent them from obtaining equal rights to men. Socotra Island, a part of Yemen, is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean.


ينطلق مشروع "أغنية حب لجزيرة سقطرى" من البحث عن نساءٍ رائدات وملهمات شققن طريقهن في الحياة في مواجهة أعراف وتقاليد المجتمع الذكوري. هذا العمل هو لفتة عرفان لهؤلاء النساء؛ لجمالهن الداخلي وحكمتهن وعطائهن رغم الواقع الصعب الذي يعشنه.

فمن خلال شجاعتهن، نرى الجمال الأخّاذ لأنوثتهن والدور المحوري الذي يلعبنه في مجتمعهن. تقليدياً يتمتع الرجال في المجتمع اليمني بسلطاتٍ واسعة مقارنة بالنساء. فالقوانين الوضعية والشرعية والعادات القبلية التقليدية مجتمعة تترك النساء في مهب التمييز استناداً للجنس وتمنعهن من الحصول على حقوق متساوية مع الرجال. جزيرة سقطرى هي جزء من اليمن تمتد كأرخبيل من أربع جزر في المحيط الهندي.

 
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 8, 2014 - Little Fish jump out of the water where Sadiya goes fishing. Sadiya walks for more than an hour to reach a good fishing spot. She usually wakes up at four o’clock in the morning to fish and shepherd her goats, returning home hours later around eight or nine to cook and make tea.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. June 16, 2014 - Sadiya feeds her goats wheat every day at the same location. She calls them with a distinct ‘Heeg’ sound and they come running. Every other day she goes to the mountain to feed her other herd that lives further away.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 24, 2014 - After collecting wood for the birthday party of a Dutch tourist, Sadiya’s elder son Fathi kisses her hand as a sign of respect.
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QADEEB, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. November 14, 2014 - As a part of the custom of slaughtering goats, Socotrain people remove the animal’s eyes. Socotrain traditions differ from those of the mainland.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 7, 2014 - Sadiya’s daughter Fahima plays with a little goat called Tofahah in front of her home. Sadiya has two herds of goats: domestic goats that live near her home and wild goats that live on the mountain.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 22, 2014 - Sadiya feeds dates to her blackbird. Sadiya’s two birds follow her wherever she goes.
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QAISO, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. June 20, 2014 - Sadiya collects dates from Qaiso near Qalansiya. Dates are one of the few fruits that locals grow and harvest on the island.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 8, 2014 - Sadiya walks an hour to Bab Al Khor to fish for her family.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 28, 2014 – Sadiya’s bird and goat in the early morning.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 19, 2014 – Sadiya walks barefoot through the shallow waters of the Lagoon to reach her goats in the mountains near her house.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 21, 2014 - Sadiya teaches her daughter to swim in the lagoon.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. January 23, 2015 - Sadiya’s son Fahmi prepares seashells for lunch. The family regularly eats seafood and fish that they catch themselves.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 30, 2014 - Sadiya has an early dinner with her kids after a couple of hours working to clear land on the hill above her home.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 19, 2014 - Sadiya picks up a piece of coral from Detwah Lagoon, which calls a white rose.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 25, 2014 - Sadiya prepares mussels for lunch.
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QADEEB, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. October 28, 2014 - Fishermen help pull a boat onto the beach after fishing. Lending help to others is a part of the island’s traditions inherited from the elders.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 26, 2014 - A sea turtle in Detwah Lagoon.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 19, 2014 - Sadiya sits on an eroded fish cage that she used to catch fish when she was young. “This is my metal basket for fishing. What remains is just its structure –now it is just a memory. The fishermen wanted to take it out of the sea, but I prevented them. It is like a marker in the sea; if you put something under it, you know where to find it.”
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AHRER WADI, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. June 3, 2014 - Socotrain kids play in Ahrer Wadi in Socotra Island.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 8, 2014 – Sadiya holds a fish that she caught for family to eat for lunch.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 30, 2014 – Sadiya cooks fish in an open-air fire.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 19, 2014 - At midday, Sadiya washes herself in the Arabian Sea. Fresh water is scarce around the lagoon, so Sadiya and her children shower and clean their clothes in the salty water of a well next to their home.
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QARA’A, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. November 8, 2014 - Every weekend, kids from Qara’a play at a beach in a natural harbor on the Indian Ocean.
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DETWAH LAGOON, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. May 7, 2014 – One of Sadiya's birds flies into a tree after eating food off the ground. Two blackbirds come to Sadiya’s house every day for food and follow her wherever she goes.
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QADEEB, SOCOTRA, YEMEN. June 12, 2014 - The ground is bloodstained after 100 goats were slaughtered for a wedding celebration.
Portrait of Amira Al-Sharif
Amira Al-Sharif
Yemen

Amira Al-Sharif was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Yemen. Working as a female documentary photographer in Yemen, where the majority of photographers are male, she continues to push cultural and societal boundaries. She works as a freelance photojournalist for English newspapers and magazines in Yemen and abroad. Her work is published in international newspapers and by humanitarian and development organizations in both English and Arabic. Portfolio | Email

أميرة الشريف
اليمن

  وُلدت أميرة الشريف بالسعودية ونشأت باليمن، حيث تعمل حالياً كمصورة فوتوغرافية وثائقية. كمصورة امرأة تصور رجالاً في أغلب الحالات، تواصل أميرة من خلال عملها إزاحة الحدود الثقافية والاجتماعية في مجتمعها. وهي تعمل حالياً كمصورة صحافية بشكلٍ حر لعدد من الصحف الناطقة باللغة الإنكليزية في اليمن والخارج. نُشرت أعمالها في عددٍ من الصحف العالمية ولدى منظمات العمل الإنساني والتنموي بالعربية والإنكليزية. 

الأعمال السابقة
البريد الالكتروني
Amira Al-Sharif
Yemen

Amira Al-Sharif was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Yemen. Working as a female documentary photographer in Yemen, where the majority of photographers are male, she continues to push cultural and societal boundaries. She works as a freelance photojournalist for English newspapers and magazines in Yemen and abroad. Her work is published in international newspapers and by humanitarian and development organizations in both English and Arabic. Portfolio | Email

أميرة الشريف
اليمن

  وُلدت أميرة الشريف بالسعودية ونشأت باليمن، حيث تعمل حالياً كمصورة فوتوغرافية وثائقية. كمصورة امرأة تصور رجالاً في أغلب الحالات، تواصل أميرة من خلال عملها إزاحة الحدود الثقافية والاجتماعية في مجتمعها. وهي تعمل حالياً كمصورة صحافية بشكلٍ حر لعدد من الصحف الناطقة باللغة الإنكليزية في اليمن والخارج. نُشرت أعمالها في عددٍ من الصحف العالمية ولدى منظمات العمل الإنساني والتنموي بالعربية والإنكليزية. 

الأعمال السابقة
البريد الالكتروني
Portrait of Amira Al-Sharif
About the ADPP

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is an initiative that provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region. The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in partnership with Magnum Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund established the ADPP to stimulate compelling work by Arab Photographers working across a range of experimental styles of storytelling.
ADPP عن

برنامج التصوير الفوتوغرافي الوثائقي العربي هو مبادرة تقدّم الدعم المالي والتقني للمصورين من المنطقة العربية. أطلق البرنامج الصنودوق العربي للثقافة والفنون بالشراكة مع مؤسسة ماغنوم وصندوق الأمير كلاوس بهدف تشجيع الأعمال الجريئة للمصورين العرب الذين يعملون في مختلف أشكال التجريب في السرد.
Program Advisors

Susan Meiselas, Program Advisor
Emma Raynes, Advisor
Bertan Selim, Advisor
Jessica Murray, Coordinator
Randa Shaath, Mentor
Eric Gottesman, Mentor
Tanya Habjouqa, Mentor
Peter van Agtmael, Mentor
مستشارو البرنامج

سوزان مايسلاس، الموجهة العامة
إيما راينس، مستشارة
برتان سليم، مستشار
جيسيكا موراي، منسقة ورشات العمل
رندة شعث، موجهة
إريك غوتسمان، موجه
تانيا حبجوقة، موجهة
بيتر فان اغتمايل، موجه

 

 
About the ADPP

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is an initiative that provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region. The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in partnership with Magnum Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund established the ADPP to stimulate compelling work by Arab Photographers working across a range of experimental styles of storytelling.
Program Advisors

Susan Meiselas, Program Advisor
Emma Raynes, Advisor
Bertan Selim, Advisor
Jessica Murray, Coordinator
Randa Shaath, Mentor
Eric Gottesman, Mentor
Tanya Habjouqa, Mentor
Peter van Agtmael, Mentor
Partnering Institutions
ADPP عن

برنامج التصوير الفوتوغرافي الوثائقي العربي هو مبادرة تقدّم الدعم المالي والتقني للمصورين من المنطقة العربية. أطلق البرنامج الصنودوق العربي للثقافة والفنون بالشراكة مع مؤسسة ماغنوم وصندوق الأمير كلاوس بهدف تشجيع الأعمال الجريئة للمصورين العرب الذين يعملون في مختلف أشكال التجريب في السرد.
مستشارو البرنامج

سوزان مايسلاس، الموجهة العامة
إيما راينس، مستشارة
برتان سليم، مستشار
جيسيكا موراي، منسقة ورشات العمل
رندة شعث، موجهة
إريك غوتسمان، موجه
تانيا حبجوقة، موجهة
بيتر فان اغتمايل، موجه

 

 
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