Along With Wind in Mogadishu

by Mahdieh Mrihabibi

"The story of “Along With the Wind in Mogadishu” is so painful, that the words are helpless to picture (describe) it. I send the words to wastes, and put your hands in the hands of the wind. May the wind whisper in your ears, the tales of thrill and despair, love and hate, horror and hope, of the moments in Mogadishu; I leave you alone with the images (see) and hear them well, to feel the restless blowing of the wind of Mogadishu on your face,” says Iranian documentary photographer Mahdieh Mirhabibi.

“Ever since I was a child, there was war all around me. I was born during the Eight-Year war between Iran and Iraq and those terrible memories are still etched in my head,” says Mahdieh. “With the death of my 19- year-old cousin, the constant mourns of my mother, seeing dead bodies being taken in the ambulance, I was shattered within and wanted to find a way to bring the wars of the world to an end. I wanted to find out what my previous generation experienced during the wars and why they occurred in the first place.”
As she progressed with research on war zones, the humanitarian crisis in Somalia deeply affected her making her determined to visit that country. “I wanted to capture the humanitarian crisis encapsulating women and children essentially,” she says. “With no proper system of governance there, the whole situation in Mogadishu was utterly chaotic and there were frequent bomb blasts in the city. During such situations my hands were constantly shaking, I could see people dying in front of me. All I wanted to do was to help them but I realized the only help I could give was through my camera so that I could create an awareness of the situation all over the world.”
A disable man who lost his leg in war walks on a street in Mogadishu, Somalia.
 
 
A Somali man passes a building damaged during the civil war in the city of Mogadishu,Somalia.
A wall pock marked by bullets in Mogadishu
A portrait of a displaced woman who suffers from famine in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia.
Somalian children waiting to get food from WFP (World Food Program)
Reflected in a mirror portrait of a displaced boyin Badbadoo Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.
A Somali girl in a shelter building, Mogadishu, Somalia.
Smokes rise from the area where a suicide bomb blasted. A huge car bomb has exploded outside a government building in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 70 and wounding dozens. The explosion went off near the Ministry of Education where students were reportedly sitting for a foreign scholarship examination. Eye-witnesses say an unidentified vehicle was used to carry out the attack. Al Shabaab insurgents, which have links to Al-Qaeda, said they were behind the assault.
 
Security officials examine the area of a suicide bombing blast in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. A huge car bomb has exploded outside a government building in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 70 and wounding dozens. The explosion went off near the Ministry of Education where students were reportedly sitting for a foreign scholarship examination. Eye-witnesses say an unidentified vehicle was used to carry out the attack. Al Shabaab insurgents, which have links to Al-Qaeda, said they were behind the assault.
A dead body of a Somali man in Madineh Hospital of Mogadishu city, Somalia. A huge car bomb has exploded outside a government building in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 70 and wounding dozens. The explosion went off near the Ministry of Education where students were reportedly sitting for a foreign scholarship examination. Eye-witnesses say an unidentified vehicle was used to carry out the attack. Al Shabaab insurgents, which have links to Al-Qaeda, said they were behind the assault.