Amira Al-Sharif has been displaced by Yemen’s civil war. Though the photojournalist longs to go home, conflict, disease, and the constant threat of arrest for her work have driven her away from her country for now.
Since she was a child, Al-Sharif has trained her lens on the world around her. In Yemen, that world was shattered in 2014, when a brutal civil war made normal life next to impossible. The conflict began after Yemen’s president of 33 years was forced out of office after an Arab Spring uprising. The Houthis, a group of Shia rebels, seized control of multiple Yemeni cities, forcing the new president to flee and plunging the country into civil war.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia, backed by