2019 / Editorial / Photo Essay

A Time For Us? Yazidi Women Rescued From Isis

  • Photographer
    Silvia Alessi

All the Yazidi women we met in the town of Baadre (Iraq) are mourning the unspeakable violence that they have suffered and the absences they are experiencing: in each family some persons are missing, whether because they are dead or worse, because “they are still there, under ISIS". Still in the hands of the torturers, who knows where, in Iraq, in Syria. Who knows under what extremely harsh conditions.

I’m Silvia Alessi, from Italy. I’m based in Bergamo where I own a salon: I am a hairdresser and a make up artist. Like many others I love to travel and to take pictures, and so I have been doing for 15 years. In all these years I’ve tried to document people’s life in remote places. For many years I’ve been studying other photographers’ reportages on books or on social media, and a feeling became to grow within me. I don’t want to consider people as photographic trophies - I thought - I want to tell their stories through pictures.