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Farida Hamak (Algeria/France)
Traces of the War
Farida Hamak, Myriam, 9 years old. This year her school requested that she wear a veil. Myriam spends her day looking over her brothers and sister, running errands, cleaning and helping her mother carry heavy things, 2003

The recent civil war in Lebanon ended in 1989. To this day, there are Shiite refugees living in the Dahesh palace, a place where they sought shelter during the hostilities. Farida Hamak did a photo essay on this forgotten community in Beirut and the people who are not able to find an alternative to this once majestic but now dilapidated palace. New generations grow up there and their elders pass away there. Although Lebanese authorities, according to Farida Hamak, would like their 'guests' to leave, the Shiites have no other place to go.

Farida Hamak works as a photojournalist in the Middle East for Newsweek, Marie-Claire and the Viva agency. She has done reportage on the Lebanese civil war, the emigration of her Algerian mother to Paris, and Iraqi exiles in Jordan after the fall of Saddam Hussein.