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Picture stories from the Middle East

The book Hekayat: Picture stories from the Middle East features the work of six photographers who took part in a World Press Photo training program in the Middle East and North Africa region from 2009 to 2010.

With guidance from tutors Rula Halawani (Palestinian Territories) and Aladin Abdel Naby (Egypt), the six participants worked on photo stories related to the theme of active citizenship. The subjects they chose illustrate how active citizens - both individuals and organizations - strive to solve some of the region's problems and improve the lives of people in the Arab world.

The photographers and the photo stories included in the book are:

  • Julie Adnan (Iraq), Local hero: Clearing land mines in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Kamaran Najm (Iraq), Because they are women: Fighting gender-based violence
  • Laura Boushnak (Palestinian Territories), Out of Beirut's closet: Breaking ground for the gay and transgender community
  • Carole Al-Farah (Syria), Fighting for their lives: Young cancer patients in Damascus
  • Ali Nouraldien (Palestinian Territories), A clinic in the Gaza Strip: Helping amputees to help themselves
  • Grace Kassab (Lebanon), Five survivors: Violence against women in Lebanon

The training program, the book and its launch are supported by World Press Photo project partners Free Voice, Oxfam Novib and Dutch photographers association Burafo.