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love, loss, and longing

3 Aug 2018 2018 CUBES

Heartbroken wives and lovers of those arrested during the Egyptian revolution tell inspiring stories of love, loss and longing.

Featuring: Hadeer Mahmoud

Presented by

United Photo Industries

Curated by

James Estrin and David Gonzalez, Co-Editors of the New York Times Lens Blog

A large number of arrests have taken place in Egypt since the revolution of January 25, 2011, many of them unfounded. With many lovers left behind, inspiring stories of love, loss, and longing are being told by heartbroken women. Some of them found relief in my project, which offered them the opportunity to talk about their stories and shed light on their husband’s situations. But others were afraid that participating in the project would cause problems for their spouses.

Here are the stories of Sara, Omnia, and Eliane.


Hadeer Mahmoud is an Egyptian news and documentary photographer. She graduated in 2012 from Ain Shams University, where she studied law. In 2011, she took her first step into photojournalism by joining El-Tahrir, a local Egyptian newspaper. She covered many important stories regarding the Egyptian revolution — strikes, protests and clashes. In March 2012, Hadeer joined Al-Watan newspaper, where she currently works.