To mark International Women’s Day, Save the Children released a powerful series of photographs entitled “The Female Experience of War” to highlight the unique experiences of girls growing up in conflict.
Award-winning photographers Lynsey Addario, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Esther Mbabazi have travelled through some of the world’s toughest conflict zones with us this year to document the inspiring stories of young women and girls living through war and the challenges they face.
The images capture stories of loss and sadness, but also the girls’ strength, resilience and hope for the future. Travelling across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the photographers embedded themselves in the children’s families, capturing some of their most intimate moments as they went about their daily lives.
Hana*, 14 years old, from Gaza
In 2014, when Hana* was just eight years old, she lost her mother and four young brothers in an airstrike. The blast threw her over 200 meters, breaking both her arms and leaving her with a serious head injury. Following the incident, Hana* suffered from severe insomnia, flashbacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has been supported by Save the Children’s partner, MA’AN Development Centre, in her treatment.
To cope with the loss of her mother and four siblings, Hana* writes poetry. Hana* says she finds inspiration from the beach to write. Hana* says education is the biggest challenge for girls in Gaza, as many are forced to stay at home with their families or simply cannot afford to go to school. “Education is like a weapon in a person’s hand,” she says. Hana* wants to be a doctor to help the people of Gaza when she has finished school. She is top of her class and regularly enters poetry competitions.
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