I started documenting short stories by taking pictures of those who were affected by the war. One of these stories is that of two young boys: Ayham and Basel, 11- and 12-years-old. Basel and Ayham work in building construction with their relatives.
I was ten years old and I thought it was reasonable and normal to be seen as less capable because I was a girl. This was the way I was raised to think, raised to think that a woman’s mind had more limits and less power than a man’s.
Resilient people don’t give up. They don’t wallow and dwell on failures. They see their threats turn into opportunities and climb on the ladder of their mistakes to reach the mountaintop of their desired goals. We simply move forward and make greater steps.
Homophobia and other discrimination against people of LGBT+ bracket, is increasingly common in schools. So I conducted an informal survey in my school, where I asked students to extrapolate the acronym LGBT.
I’ve been conditioned to keep quiet when they make jokes about how the black boy who sits next to him in class shoplifts after school. I’ve learned to smile and nod when people draw stripes on their skin with yellow highlighter and talk about how “We’re twins now, Nikki!” I’ve learned to keep quiet when they make jokes about how the Pakistani girl in our school keeps a bomb in her backpack.