Maleeha Samer
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Mecca and Medina

 

Mecca and Medina


As an Ahmadi Muslim, traveling to countries where we are discriminated against there is always an issue of safety. The intolerance is a political belief masked as a religious one that is shared amongst countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. I took my camera with me to Saudi Arabia, but I knew I would not be able to be as assertive with my street photography as I would in other spaces. I understood that there was always a chance that a police officer could randomly question me. These questions may include where I come from, what mosque do I attend back home in the States, who did I travel with, etc., which could potentially lead to my family’s expulsion from the country. For this reason, each photo was taken with intention and without much time to spare.