CAIRO, EGYPT. 2016. Manshiyat Naser, a spawling slum on the outskirts of Cairo.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. 2016. A heroin addict shortly after being admitted to a rehabilitation center. Since the fall of the Taliban Afghanistan has effectively become a narco state. Approximately 90% of the worlds opium is now produced there.
CAIRO, EGYPT. 2016. Young boys in Boulaq, a poor area surrounded by some of the most valuable real estate in downtown Cairo, watch as their mother is taken to the hospital by relatives. She had been suffering from horrible pains for days but emergency services refused to come to her aid. Residents of the neighborhood say they have been denied basic services since refusing below-market offers on their homes by government connected real estate developers.
CAIRO, EGYPT. 2015. The niqab has become a controversial symbol in Egypt. The military dominated government associates it with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood which it overthrew in a coup in 2013. The parliament is now considering legislation to have it banned in all government departments, schools and hospitals affiliated to the Ministry of Health.
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. 2016. Jenna Wirch is an Anishinaabe woman, the second largest indigenous tribe in North America. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Jenna was sexually exploited as a child and later became involved with gangs and drugs. After the murder and suicide of several close friends and family members she and other young people from her neighbourhood began an anti-violence movement. “I am hoping to inspire others who have gone through the same shit that I have and to choose a different path and not travel on that same road of despair.”
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. 2016. Heroin addicts, most of whom had been living under a bridge in Kabul, are washed and shaved shortly after being admitted to a rehabilitation center.
Tavga Ahmed's reflection is seen in a photograph of her son Mohammed Omar who was murdered by an acquaintance in April of 2016. The family came to Winnipeg, Manitoba as refugees from Iraq in 2004.
BELLEVILLE, CANADA. 2016.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. 2016.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. 2016. Khan Mohammed, a young boy who fled fighting in Sangin, Helmand Province shortly after his father was killed during fighting between Taliban and government forces in January of 2016. His family said Daesh (ISIS) were also participating in the fighting. Khan is now living in a squalid IDP camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan forces, backed by Western fighter planes and special forces, had been struggling to repel a Taliban siege in Sangin for weeks. More than 900 coalition soldiers were killed in Helmand during the 13 year Operation Enduring Freedom.