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Sima Diab

Cairo Governorate, Egypt
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About Sima
Sima is a Syrian-American photographer based in Cairo, Egypt.  
Her photographic work focuses on features, documentaries, daily life and social conditions in the Arab diaspora and Arab world.
Her work has been published in Le Monde Magazine M, The New York Times, The Guardian, LA Times, BuzzfeedNews, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, and others. 

In 2016 Sima received the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association and is an American Photography winner AP32. 

Sima is a grant recipient of the 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program  from AFAC/Prince Claus Fund/Magnum Foundation. 
She is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and the Overseas Press Club.
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'The world is done for me': This Moroccan family lost everything in the quake

01 Oct 2023  |  edmontonjournal.com
Said Afouzar's family was devastated by an earthquake in Amizmiz, Morocco, which destroyed their home and killed his two children. Despite frantic rescue efforts by neighbors, there was no immediate aid from local authorities. Displaced families, including Afouzar's, are now living in makeshift tents, struggling with the loss and lack of resources. The community is relying on each other for support as they await further assistance.

Villagers Survived Morocco’s Earthquake but Lost Nearly Everything Else

18 Sep 2023  |  japannews.yomiuri.co.jp
Tiniskt, a village in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, was devastated by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on September 8, resulting in the death of over 50 of its 330 residents. Survivors are now living in government-provided tents, sharing communal meals and resources. Personal stories of loss and resilience emerge, such as Zahra Ait Tagadirt, who lost her children, and Hassan Ait Lemachi, who lost his wife and daughter. Despite the tragedy, the community is determined to rebuild, with aid announced by King Mohammed VI and local initiatives to provide basic amenities.

Villagers survived Morocco’s earthquake but lost nearly everything else

17 Sep 2023  |  Washington Post
Life in the village of Tinisket in Morocco's Atlas Mountains was simple and good, supported by olive and nut trees and remittances from family members in cities. However, the recent earthquake has devastated the village, leaving the residents with almost nothing.

In Morocco’s Quake-Decimated Villages, Rescuers Find Only Bodies

12 Sep 2023  |  japannews.yomiuri.co.jp
Morocco's earthquake death toll nears 3,000, with international rescuers facing challenges reaching remote areas. Villages in the High Atlas Mountains are devastated, and the Moroccan government accepts foreign aid from Spain, UAE, Qatar, and Britain. Germany's assistance offer is met with silence. Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch vows to expedite crisis management and support affected citizens, with plans for reconstruction and compensation. King Mohammed VI has not publicly addressed the disaster. Rescue efforts are a mix of military, civil defense, and volunteers, with many locals digging through rubble. In Asni, a military field hospital is set up, and in Elbour, military rescuers work to recover bodies. The village of Talat N’Yaaqoub is severely damaged, with rescue efforts turning into a recovery mission.

‘The world is done for me’: This Moroccan family lost everything in the quake

10 Sep 2023  |  washingtonpost.com
Said Afouzar, while at his sister's house in Amizmiz, Morocco, experienced an earthquake that caused his home to collapse as he attempted to enter. He heard his family's cries from under the rubble and, with the help of neighbors, managed to rescue his wife three hours after the quake and his children by 10 a.m. the following Saturday.

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