The Arabic word "Sabaya" carries the whimsy of girls. Just on the precipice of adulthood, you can still tangibly do the things of childhood, like run outside and have your hair long and free. Space hasn't run out yet.
These portraits were taken in Palestine, Jordan, and with Iraqi, Syrian and Somali refugees in the context of that tender age. They explore beauty alongside darker political realities that have resulted from civil war, humanitarian exodus, and occupation.
Here you meet young girls and women who have lost their “Sabaya” years but are finding themselves again. Sometimes as reinvention and sometimes because there is no other choice but to be strong for their own daughters.
Photographs are mixed with first-person testimonials, original poetry and prose by Palestinian-America writers, and proverbs from the Levant.