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her photographer´s diary
Zohra was born in Algeria in 1968, and Mallory Lengsdon
invited her to work for Reuters as a photographer
during the last years of Algerian conflict in 1997. In 2000
Zohra was sent to Macedonia, where Albanian people
were hiding from Serbian forces. In 2003 she went to Iraq,
where they tried to capture Saddam Hussein. In 2004
Zohra got full-time job in Reuters. Zohra received the
award from EU as the best African photographer in 2005.
Staying in Algeria, she is still taking photos and covering
events happening in Africa and in the countries of the
Middle East. Last year she took photos of the
referendum held in Sudan, the uprising in Tunisia, and the
revolution in Libya.
The photos are devoted to Zohra’s memories; she is one
of the Arab women, who managed to become a
Arab women on a beach in Algeria, June 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A Tunisian soldier is trying to calm down the demonstrators during the disorders in the
capital of the country, January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A boy is jumping from the parapet wall on the beach in Benghazi, May 18, 2011.
Algerian policemen near the destroyed service center of the largest and most
diversified Egyptian network operator Orascom, November 16, 2009. (REUTERS/Zohra
Afghanische Frauen in einem Taxi in Kabul, 31. 12.2009, Reuters/ Zohra Bensemra
A girl wearing bikini and a friend of hers wearing tradition clothes are on the beach in
Algeria, July 25, 2003. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Models are preparing for the hairstyle competition, Algeria, March 5, 2007. (REUTERS/Zohra
A Tunisian woman with her baby in her arms is on the state border, she has left Libya
and come back to Tunisia, February 23, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Libyan rebels are watching at Misrata, where the Western front line goes, June 11,
2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A soldier from Task Force Denali during praying. The operating base Clark, Khost
province, Afganistan, December 13, 2009. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Demonstrators are trying to turn the burnt bus over during the protests against the
police raids on Mathare slums, Nairobi, February 20, 2008. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Egyptian refugees are carrying a man, who has fainted, on the Tunisian state
border, March 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Muammar Gaddafi’s supporters are demonstrating the things that present the pieces of a
NASA missile, according to their words. NASA attacked Gaddafi, having used the missile to
destroy Gaddafi’s buildings in Bab al-Aziz, Tripoli, March 21, 2011. Sign, “Long live the ruler!”
Hadda Laherrab, 42, is showing her work, Henschel, Algeria, May 31, 2010. Hadda lost her
eyesight because of the disease, when she was 18 years old; however, she learned to work
with clay and sheep skins from her mother. She has participated in the exhibition devoted
to the Week of Algerian Culture recently. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A little girl in a house that was destroyed during the battle between rebels and Gaddafi’s
troops in Tripoli, May 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A woman’s body at the site of terroristic act, near the police station in the capital of
Algeria, January 30, 1995. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A woman is carrying a piece of furniture from the site of the battle between two hostile
groupings, the suburb of Molo, Nairobi, February 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Somali refugees from Libya are in the camp located near the Libyan state border,
Tunisia, March 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Tuareg-women during the Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s (President of Algeria) visit in
Tamanrasset, January 7, 2008. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Milad Siri, 27, a dancer, is rehearsing with her partner Raid in Bagdad, May 27, 2003. Siri has
divorced her husband, and now lives with her 12 years old son. She has been a dancer since
1996. The war interfered with her work and took two most important clients — Saddam’s
sons, Qusay and Uday Husseins — away from her. There are not any contradictions and
conflicts between the religion and the dance, according to Siri’s opinion. “Dancing is a way
of earning money.” (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Milad Siri is examining her handgun before going outside, Bagdad, May 27, 2003.
A man is smoking the kalian and watching at a dancer in Bagdad cafe, May 4, 2003.
A woman is near her newly-born baby in a hospital in Juba, Sudan, September 4, 2007.
A Libyan rebel during the intelligence patrol 35km away from Misrata, May 24, 2011.
A jobless young man in La Kasbah, Tunisia, December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Dancers are performing during the ceremony of reception of Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary
General, in Juba, Sudan, September 4, 2007. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
People from the Kikuyu tribe, who have fled the Mathare slums because of unrests.
Nairobi, February 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Fatna Adam Hamed (on the right), 11, who have been raped by unknown armed men is trying to
hide behind her mother’s back; they are at the camp for inside refugees in Nyala, Sudan, March
18, 2009. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
A woman is doing her room in the asylum for women having suffered from cruel
domestic abuse. Algeria, November 3, 2007. A quarter of the population live below the
poverty line, 70% of the citizens under the age of 30 are jobless. In the aggressive and
unstable country women are the first to be suffering. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
The soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry regiment are interrogating the
wife of a person suspected in transportation of explosives. Mosul, Iraq, January 12, 2005.
A demonstrator has clutched at the soldier’s leg hearing the warning shots during the
action held near the headquarters of the party of ousted President Zine al-Abdin Ben Ali in
Tunisia, January 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
An inner refugee is cutting clay with a pick to make breaks not far from the camp in Al-
Fasher, Darfur, April 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
The representatives of S’hab El Baroud are firing ceremonial muskets at the final day of
the celebration devoted to Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Timimun, Algeria, March 26,
2008. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Students of the Algerian military school, waiting for the ceremony devoted to their
graduation, January 27, 1999. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Malak Al Shami, 6, lost one of her legs, when her house was destroyed by Multi Barrel
Rocket Launcher Grad. The girl is on the hospital of Misrata, June 3, 2011. Her parents, her
sister Rodiana (1 year old) and brother Mohammed (3 years old) were killed by the
explosion there. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Libyan rebels are firing a machine gun, trying to kill a sniper, Tripoli, August 24, 2011.
A doctor and a Libyan revolutionary are carrying the body of a man killed during the
battle for Abu Salim, Tripoli, August 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)
Afghan singer Meriam Murad from Arian at the concert.