December 23, 2013

Women of War

Portraits of an All-Female Fighting Unit of the Free Syrian Army

I was blown away by the serie Women of War.

Women of War portraits are made by Photographer Sebastino Tomada. 
Photographer Tomada brings us great work from the forefront of the Syrian conflict, showcasing women from an all-female fighting unit of the Free Syrian Army based in Aleppo. Strong and with conviction, the women stand ready.

Sebastino Tomada Piccolomini was born in 1986 in New York City. After growing up in Florence, Italy, he returned to New York to attend Parsons University and the New School, graduating with a double major in media studies and photography in 2010. It was during his time in college that he began to develop a personal style, focusing strongly on documentary and portrait photography. 

Fadwa, 20 years old, widow with 3 children: 
"My husband died on the front lines, I will die on the front lines, 
may God help us."

Khansa, 42 years old, married, housewife with 7 children: 
“I feel optimistic, we will defeat the regime, put an end to poverty and mistreatment.”

Om Ahmad, 72 years old, housewife with 3 children: 
"My house in Dar’a was destroyed by 2 bombs…I moved to Aleppo with my family,
 I chose to pick up a weapon and fight the regime.”

Rana, 20 years old, student: 
"What choice do we have?”

Om Faraj, 30 years old housewife, no children: 
"Being mistreated by a regime security guard in front of my husband was the most 
humiliating thing that has ever happened to my family, I picked up a weapon, I joined the fight."

Amal, 30 years old, married, housewife with 3 children: 
"I'm sincere to God, that is all I need and want, the rest will come with time.”

Ali, 16 years old, student: 
"The West sees no problem in Syria, while we beg for their support, 
our children, friends and family are being punished, for no reason."

Benifet Ikhla, 27 years old, widow with 6 children: 
"I fight for life and freedom, I fight to prove that woman and man are equal."

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