Samiha: A story of hopes and dreams from Abyan
She was 11 years old at the time when she participated in the “My World Through My Lens” UNICEF project.
Abyan, Yemen, 11 October 2018 - Samiha is a young displaced girl, determined to fulfil her dreams, living in Abyan, southern Yemen. Back in 2013, she was one of the children who took part in a photography initiative organised by UNICEF. She was 11 years old at the time when she participated in the “My World Through My Lens” UNICEF project. The workshop aimed at supporting and providing vulnerable children with technical guidance to express themselves and share their stories of hope for the future through photography and movie making. Since then, UNICEF has been following her and documenting the story of this strong and resilient girl who, despite all the challenges she had to face, never gave up on her dreams.
Samiha comes from a poor family, living in Al-Amodyah village in Abyan governorate: “I was 10 years old in 2012 when I ran away with my family in the middle of the night. We lived in a classroom at Lottfi Amman school in Aden, with other displaced families, for two years before being able to go back home. Then again in 2015, we had to leave our home for the second time. Being displaced became our lifestyle.”