New York, NY, USA
Sumaya Agha is a freelance photographer from Northern California, who has spent over four years documenting the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and Eastern Europe. She is of Syrian descent with many aunts, uncles and cousins still living in Damascus. Sumaya holds a BS in Applied Art and Design with a concentration in Photography from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and an MPA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Her work has appeared in Huffington Post, BBC Focus on Africa, Forbes Africa, and NPR.org, and was a still photographer for the Academy Award winning film "The Fog of War." She has lived in Syria, Liberia, Jordan, and the United States.
2016 - IPA Awards, Second Place, 2016 - IPA Awards, Honorable Mention, 2016 - IPA Awards 2016, Honorable Mention, 2015 - IPA Awards, Honorable Mention, 2015 - IPA Awards, Honorable Mention, 2015 - International Juried Exhibition , Third Place
Oakland, CA Women's March.
A jubilant demonstrator at the end of the Women's March in Oakland, CA, January 21, 2017. An estimated 60,000 people participated in the Oakland March, double the anticipated number. Throughout the country and the world people marched in solidarity for women's rights and humanitarian rights.
A fan of Beyonce and "Destiny Child" waits to hear the verdict of accused war criminal and former president of Liberia Charles Taylor, Monrovia, Liberia. Charles Taylor is accused of leading the unfathomable brutality in Liberia's civil wars between 1989-1996 and 1999-2003, destroying the infrastructure of the country and many Liberian lives. In 2003 Taylor was indicted for his involvement in the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war and eventually arrested in 2006. On the day of his trial announcement, supporters and apposition of Taylor gathered in downtown Monrovia to hear the verdict of the former warlord and past president of Liberia. On April 26, 2012 he was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Hebat-Allah, 16, and her family fled Daraa, Syria for the safety of Jordan almost three years ago. Participating in Mercy Corps' No Lost Generation Project (NLG), alternative education for at risk youth, has turned her despair into hope: "NLG gives me hope, a lot of hope for the future. I have made a lot of friends-we thought we should stay away from Jordanian kids, but through NLG, l learned that being together is better!" Irbid, Jordan, August 2015, produced for Mercy Corps.