Faces of War (2010-2012)
Shahed suffers a genetic skin disease known as a Harlequin Ichthyosis, along with irregular growth of her leg. While pregnant, Shahed’s mother was heavily exposed to the white phosphorus chemicals used by the Israeli Air Force attacks on Gaza Strip. After her birth, mother has abandoned her due to Shahed’s medical condition and her father was killed during the Cast Lead military operation in Gaza. Her grandmother is only one taking care of Shahed. She runs an electrical fan next to Shahed’s bed to prevent flies from feeding on her dead skin, especially during the summer season.
Faces of war project documents juvenile and teenage rehabilitates during their stay in Slovenia and follows the process of their rehabilitation in their homes throughout Gaza Strip, where they were welcomed by the military operation
Pillars of Cloud in November 2012.
Fadi injured his leg while playing football in his home in December 2008. Due to inadequate medical treatment and rehabilitation, Fadi’s broken leg had to be amputated due to gangrene infection. During the Israeli military operation dubbed Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, hospitals in Gaza were overcrowded causing insufficient availability of medical care. Fadi’s story is just one example of the hundreds of stories of juvenile victims of war from Gaza, who were included in rehabilitation program in Slovenia since 2009, with the support of “Fundacija Danila Turka” in ITF Slovenia.
“This was the first time I could personally see an airplane without bombs under it’s wings”, explains thirteen years old Fadi Al-Arir from Gaza , when asked about his most memorable moments of the rehabilitation course he took part in at University Rehabilitation Center Soča in Slovenia.
Some of them already outgrew their prosthesis or failed to maintain discipline of practice or abandoned their prosthesis.
Though all of them symbolize an ode to mental strength while trying to over come obstacles while being disabled.
“With our handicaps, we don’t want to be pitied, but we want to be seen as producers for our community and respected”.
Due to inadequate medical treatment and rehabilitation, Fadi’s broken leg had to be amputated due to gangrene infection. During the Israeli military operation dubbed Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, hospitals in Gaza were overcrowded causing insufficient availability of medical care. In 2010 Fadi was part of the Slovenian University Rehabilitation Center Soča program for juvenile victims of war where he was taught to use prosthetic legs, which he outgrew after a year, rendering it useless.