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"My two sons and my precious grandson turned into ashes" Islam's grandfather. "My two sons and my precious grandson turned into ashes" Islam's grandfather.
"I couldn't hear,see or speak,I just blinked and twelve members of my family were shattered into pieces as if they never existed." "I couldn't hear,see or speak,I just blinked and twelve members of my family were shattered into pieces as if they never existed."
"nothing replaces a son,not even another son." "nothing replaces a son,not even another son."
"My husband wasn't just a policeman, he is the love of my life, they might have killed him but he is still my hero" "My husband wasn't just a policeman, he is the love of my life, they might have killed him but he is still my hero"
"They ripped my heart off my chest twice,when they destroyed my home and when they took away the rubble,its all I had,they deprived me the will to dream and gave me a nightmare where i can't even wake up” "They ripped my heart off my chest twice,when they destroyed my home and when they took away the rubble,its all I had,they deprived me the will to dream and gave me a nightmare where i can't even wake up”
"when you lose your child, you are no longer a mother, you become a brokenhearted woman till infinity,nothing more, much less" "when you lose your child, you are no longer a mother, you become a brokenhearted woman till infinity,nothing more, much less"
"My son in-law went to identify my daughter's body,she had brown long hair,but when he saw her it was dyed red from bleeding,I was in denial,thought she isn't Carrie, I never knew that while expecting for my first grandchild,I would lose both my daughter and her unborn child" "My son in-law went to identify my daughter's body,she had brown long hair,but when he saw her it was dyed red from bleeding,I was in denial,thought she isn't Carrie, I never knew that while expecting for my first grandchild,I would lose both my daughter and her unborn child"
"amputating both of my legs only made my way to achive my dreams harder and full of obstacles, but it didnt end it, amputating my heart would,not my legs" Moemen "amputating both of my legs only made my way to achive my dreams harder and full of obstacles, but it didnt end it, amputating my heart would,not my legs" Moemen
"I saw blood on the floor but i could only hear a loud whisteling sound,i saw my daughter-inlaw- and couldn't recognise her face,she died while i was looking into her eyes trying to know who she was .. " Um Haitham "I saw blood on the floor but i could only hear a loud whisteling sound,i saw my daughter-inlaw- and couldn't recognise her face,she died while i was looking into her eyes trying to know who she was .. " Um Haitham
“My dad won’t be here at my graduation or to walk me down the aisle at my wedding or even hold my first child. He won’t be here at any milestone of my life. He was robbed from me and left this gaping hole that I have to mind myself” “My dad won’t be here at my graduation or to walk me down the aisle at my wedding or even hold my first child. He won’t be here at any milestone of my life. He was robbed from me and left this gaping hole that I have to mind myself”
"a woman walked up to me that day,said she was a nurse,then told me, take off your shirt and pull your pants down. she wrote my social security number all over my body and it hit me the danger I was in." "a woman walked up to me that day,said she was a nurse,then told me, take off your shirt and pull your pants down. she wrote my social security number all over my body and it hit me the danger I was in."
I kissed my daughters goodnight and walked away,minutes after a missile targeted the house, my husband yelled hysterically " they are dead" I asked him who ? he answered " all of them",my five daughters were buried in their beds, all five of them. I kissed my daughters goodnight and walked away,minutes after a missile targeted the house, my husband yelled hysterically " they are dead" I asked him who ? he answered " all of them",my five daughters were buried in their beds, all five of them.
“ I grew up feeling robbed,Do you know how is it like not to be able to be who you are,you cant speak your own language or have your own color.” “ I grew up feeling robbed,Do you know how is it like not to be able to be who you are,you cant speak your own language or have your own color.”
“The counsellor at my school asked us what we want to be when we grow up. I answered, ‘Either a doctor or a firefighter.” He said, ‘You can’t.’ So I asked him ‘Why?’ He answered, ‘Because the Indian is dead. Your people are dead.’” “The counsellor at my school asked us what we want to be when we grow up. I answered, ‘Either a doctor or a firefighter.” He said, ‘You can’t.’ So I asked him ‘Why?’ He answered, ‘Because the Indian is dead. Your people are dead.’”
“We’re more connected to our history because we’ve watched those who survived breathe through the pain of losing their loved ones. All through life we’ve been trying to understand about this part of us, but never talk about it.” “We’re more connected to our history because we’ve watched those who survived breathe through the pain of losing their loved ones. All through life we’ve been trying to understand about this part of us, but never talk about it.”
  • "My two sons and my precious grandson turned into ashes" Islam's grandfather.

    Islam Qreqe ,14 months old, sitting on a burned motorcycle where three of her family members were targeted, bombed, and killed by a rocket fired from an Israeli aircraft drone. Islam's father, Moataz Qreqe, was riding this motorcycle along with his two-year-old son and his brother (Munther Qreqe) when the cycle was hit during an airstrike at Jamal Abdul Nassesr Street in Gaza City. Their bodies were completely scorched. Four months later, Islam was born and named after her deceased two-year-old brother.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "I couldn't hear,see or speak,I just blinked and twelve members of my family were shattered into pieces as if they never existed."

    "I couldn't hear,see or speak,I just blinked and twelve members of my family were shattered into pieces as if they never existed."

    Palestinian artist Ziad Deeb. The last time he saw his family was the exact minute an Israeli missile exploded in their front yard. All twelve members of his family were killed instantly. Ziad, the only survivor, suffered severe upper body injuries as well as the loss of both legs.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.


    "nothing replaces a son,not even another son."

     Safia Abo Zour, 25 years old, holds her five-month-old baby (Mohammed) with one hand. In her other, she displays the shirt that her older son, Mohammed, aged-4, wore the last time he went to kindergarten. Mohammed had just turned four years old when he was killed during the second war in Gaza, 2011, after an airstrike targeted his family's house in the Al Zaitoun neighborhood. Safia named her new baby "Mohammed", in memory of his brother.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "My husband wasn't just a policeman, he is the love of my life, they might have killed him but he is still my hero"

    Lieutenant Mariam Albur Joined the Palestinian policewomen force after her husband was killed during the first war 2008-2009 while he was on duty as a police officer. Mohammed Albur was killed during an Israeli airstrike while evacuating civilians from under a collapsed building that was preciously targeted with an F16, his wife Mariam continues to work as a policewoman in Gaza, in hope to spread his message.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "They ripped my heart off my chest twice,when they destroyed my home and when they took away the rubble,its all I had,they deprived me the will to dream and gave me a nightmare where i can't even wake up”

    Mohammed Khader,43, holding a photo of his destroyed house after it was flattened to the ground during the first Israeli war on Gaza, Khader worked for two decades in Israel to build his retirement house and after the Israeli army blew up his home by dynamite,none of his families belonging were left but few of the pigeons he used to raise as pet and a Jacuzzi he got from Telaviv where he was working, Mohammed lived underneath the rubble for 11 months till he received a police request to evacuate for safety concerns.Mohammed ,his wife and seven daughters moved to a tent afterwards.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "when you lose your child, you are no longer a mother, you become a brokenhearted woman till infinity,nothing more, much less"


    Entesar Hamouda,43 years old, sits next to her son Feras Hamouda’s photo and the jacket he last wore before getting killed at the age of two during the first war on Gaza, January, 2009. For 20 years Entesar's attempts to have a baby had failed. Finally, after suffering her third miscarriage, she decided it was time to give up and let go of her dream of motherhood. Miraculously, only two moths later, she discovered she was pregnant with a baby boy. Feras was born in 2006, but devastatingly killed just 25 days after his second birthday.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.


    "My son in-law went to identify my daughter's body,she had brown long hair,but when he saw her it was dyed red from bleeding,I was in denial,thought she isn't Carrie, I never knew that while expecting for my first grandchild,I would lose both my daughter and her unborn child"

     Doris Jones, 64, standing next to her daughter's symbolic chair in the location where she got killed, Carrie Lynz was 26 years old and six months pregnant when a domestic terrorist attack targeted the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168 and injuring more than 680 people, she was announced among the victims when her dead body was found the following day.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "amputating both of my legs only made my way to achive my dreams harder and full of obstacles, but it didnt end it, amputating my heart would,not my legs" Moemen


    Moemen Faiz, a Palestinian photographer and visual artist, is sitting next to his wheel chair and two cameras. Moemen lost both of his legs on Eid Al Adha evening during an airstrike on his neighbourhood. Moemen went to Saudi Arabia to seek treatment hoping to be fitted for artificial limbs, but the critical condition of his amputations at the time disqualified this possibility. He now presses on with his work as a photojournalist from the confines of his wheel chair.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    "I saw blood on the floor but i could only hear a loud whisteling sound,i saw my daughter-inlaw- and couldn't recognise her face,she died while i was looking into her eyes trying to know who she was .. " Um Haitham


    Shahd Abo Zour, 3 years old, and her younger brother Mohammed Abo Zour, aged 18 months, sitting with their Grandmother Um Haitham next to their mother's favorite blouse. Shahdâ's mother, Sahar abo Zour, was just 20 years old when she was killed during the second war in Gaza, 2011, during an airstrike which targeted her family's house in the Al Zaitoun neighbourhood. Sahar's younger child (Mohammed) was three months old when his mother was killed. She was bleeding heavily after getting injured from a previous airstrike on the same neighbourhood and tragically died from those wounds in very same seconds she first held her newborn baby.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.


    “My dad won’t be here at my graduation or to walk me down the aisle at my wedding or even hold my first child. He won’t be here at any milestone of my life. He was robbed from me and left this gaping hole that I have to mind myself”

    Olivia Pereze,23 holds a teddy bear that belongs to her father Anthony Pereze,Olivia's father was supposed to give her the teddy bear on her 16th birthday, instead her grandmother passed the gift after Pereze got killed during the September 11th attacks, while he was working at the North Tower on the 103rd floor. As many 9/11 victims his body was never found and as a result he was presumed dead. 

    © Images by Eman Mohammed from Broken Souvenirs series.

    "a woman walked up to me that day,said she was a nurse,then told me, take off your shirt and pull your pants down. she wrote my social security number all over my body and it hit me the danger I was in."

     Alexander Jack,61, demolition specialist, he was one of the few first responders who joint the on ground firefighters and rescue team on 9/11 to help with the search for any potential survivors, one month later he went home with major heart and lungs health complications, laryngeal spasm, and vocal cord dysfunction. Alexander kept his work helmet covered with dried blood from a survivor he held on his shoulders while rushing him out of the towers location. © Images by Eman Mohammed from Broken Souvenirs series.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    I kissed my daughters goodnight and walked away,minutes after a missile targeted the house, my husband yelled hysterically " they are dead" I asked him who ? he answered " all of them",my five daughters were buried in their beds, all five of them.

    I kissed my daughters goodnight and walked away ,minutes after a missile targeted the house, my husband yelled hysterically " they are dead" I asked him who ? he answered " all of them",my five daughters were buried in their beds, all five of them. Samira Balousha (38),her husband and two daughters were the only survivor, after an Israeli F16 war plane targeted their house during war on Gaza in Dec.2008-January 2009, also known as "Cast Lead" operation. Samira's five daughters Jawaher(5),Dina(7),Samar(6),Ikram (14) and Tahrir (18) were all killed in the airstrike.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.


    “ I grew up feeling robbed,Do you know how is it like not to be able to be who you are,you cant speak your own language or have your own color.”

     Galena Crouser,40, is from Hunkpapa/Oglala tribe works as an executive director at the Indian American Center in the midwest to spread awareness and accurate facts about the Native american genocide,in attempt to connect the public and new native american generations with the culture.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    “The counsellor at my school asked us what we want to be when we grow up. I answered, ‘Either a doctor or a firefighter.” He said, ‘You can’t.’ So I asked him ‘Why?’ He answered, ‘Because the Indian is dead. Your people are dead.’”

    Moses J. Brings Plenty,48, is an Oglala Lakota television, film, and stage actor, as well as a traditional drummer and singer who works to help the Native American community recover and share its culture with the rest of the world through public speaking engagements and festivals celebrating Native American rituals, dances, stories and history.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.

    “We’re more connected to our history because we’ve watched those who survived breathe through the pain of losing their loved ones. All through life we’ve been trying to understand about this part of us, but never talk about it.”

     Third-generation Armenian Chris Rinck, whose grandparents emigrated to the United States, started collecting stories from older uncles and aunts as well as cousins who survived or witnessed the Armenian massacre being committed. She is holding onto documented materials in hope that the genocide will be officially recognized in history and the historical souvenirs of the survivors honored. In photo Rinck holds her great-uncle’s Armenian cross which he was killed for owning it.

    © Images by Eman Mohammed | Broken Souvenirs series.