A Musaharati, or dawn awakener, strikes his drum to wake observant Muslims in Sidon’s Old City in south Lebanon (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)
I found this picture from Sidon during Ramadan and lots of awesome pictures from Ramadan around the world. Check them out [Here] and [Here].
Update: There’s apparently an ongoing competition organized by Touch where all Lebanese are posting pictures of Ramadan in Lebanon and using the hashtag #souwarramadan. There are some very nice pictures there too.
A Palestinian Muslim worshipper sneaks through a hole in the Old City wall near the Lions Gate after prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)
Check out the rest of these photos that got featured on the CNN Website [Here].
Photojournalist Natalie Naccache grew up with Lebanese parents in London and visited the small country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea every year since she was born. On her visits, Naccache, who is now based in the capital city, Beirut, noticed most families had a maid who assumed many household roles: cook, housekeeper, mother, nurse.
“These maids were basically living their lives for their employers. They were dedicated to their employers, and I found that very uncomfortable,” Naccache says.
She says the maid culture is embedded in the Lebanese way of life, which is why she chose to capture it in her photo essay “No Madam.”
Naccache asserts while many maids are treated well, others aren’t as lucky – subjected to verbal and physical abuse, racism, even rape, by recruitment agencies and employers. According to recent statistics, there are more than 200,000 migrant domestic workers in the country of roughly 4 million. [Full Story]
Suhaib Hijazi, 2, and his brother, Muhammad, 3, were killed when an Israeli airstrike struck their Gaza City house. Winning Picture by photographer Paul Hansen
This year’s Photo of the Year, taken by Paul Hansen, is a striking image of the bodies of two young children carried through the streets of Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on their home, the photographer said. They are being taken to a mosque for burial, their father’s body carried on a stretcher behind them. Their mother was hospitalized. [CNN]
You can check other great pictures selected [Here].
In case some of you are wondering who took the four pictures I posted in the LG TV giveaway, it’s definitely not me. The guy behind these great pictures and many others is George Daya, a Lebanese talented photographer and a friend of mine.
What inspired me to use his photos as part of the competition was one specific picture he took of a street in Zouk Mikhael on the maritime road. I pass by this street everyday and I never imagined it might actually look decent in a picture. I don’t know how he does it, but I thought it would be nice to share his photos and let people see beautiful scenes from all around Lebanon.
If you want to check out Gio’s albums, click [Here] or visit his FB page [Here].