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FRAMED PHOTOS FOR SALE/GERAHMTE FOTOS ZUM VERKAUF

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2016 by claudiawiens

These are some of my photos that were exhibited from 2nd to 16th Dec 2016 in the gallery Salón de Arte Crisol in Seville, Spain. Several were sold, but others not. The prices are very moderate as I had adjusted them to the situation in Andalucia. I decided to offer them for the same prices here as well. The photos are printed on 100% cotton fine art papers, framed with acid free passe-partouts in a handmade wooden frame. The only thing you have to do is put a nail in the wall. The prices are for the framed image, plus postage/shipping.

Dieses sind einige der Fotos, die ich vom 02. bi 16. Dez 2016 in der Galerie Salón de Arte Crisol in Sevilla, Spanien ausgestellt habe. Einige wurden verkauft, andere nicht. Die Preise siind sehr moderat, da ich sie an die Situation in Andalusien angepasst habe. Ich habe beschlossen, sie auch hier für diesen Preis anzubieten. Alle Bilder sind auf Fine Art Paier aus 100% Baumwolle gedruckt, und mit säurefreien Passepartouts in handgemachten Holzrahmen gerahmt. Ihr müßt nur noch einen Nagel in die Wand hauen. Alle Preise verstehen sich für das gerahmte Bild, zuzüglich Porto/Kurier.

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in SevilleIf you buy them as a set of 6, they only cost 400,00 Euros in total. Wenn Sie sie im Set kaufen, kosten alle 6 zusammen nur 400,00 Euros.

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in SevilleEdition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 EurosClaudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Museo Crane Silver Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 2 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Museo Crane Silver Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Museo Crane Silver Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Museo Crane Silver Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 21cm x 26 cm, Museo Crane Silver Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 75,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

claudia_show_258_byclaudiawiensAlso available as a set, only 569,00 Euros. Auch als Set erhältlich, dann nur 569,00 Euros.

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 42 cm x 32 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 155,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 54 cm x 44 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 199,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 64 cm x 54 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, Price/Preis: 275,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Edition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 75 cm x 55 cm, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper, Price/Preis: 299,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in SevilleEdition: No 1 of 5, Size/Größe: 60 cm x 40 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on Aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 250,00 Euros

aludibondThis is how a print mounted on aludibond under acryl looks from the side. They look very vivid. So sieht ein Fotoprint, der auf Aludibond aufgezogen ist und mit Acrylglas geschützt wird, von der Seite aus. Die Farben wirken sehr lebendig.

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SOLD Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

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Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

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Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

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Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Eurosimg_20141220_132747

Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

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Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Eurosimg_20141031_101219

Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

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Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Eurosimg_20131202_011046

SOLD Edition: No 1 of 15, Size/Größe: 10 cm x 10 cm, Lambda Print Fuji Crystal DP II on aludibond under acryl, Price/Preis: 30,00 Euros

Claudia Exhibition in Seville

Also available as set for only 250,00 Euros. Auch als Set erhältlich, für nur 250,00 Euros.

Please contact me on info@claudiawiens.com if you are interested. Wenn Sie sich für eines der Fotos interessieren, kontaktieren Sie mich am einfachsten per Email unter info@claudiawiens.com.

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POSTCARDS AND CALENDARS FOR SALE

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2016 by claudiawiens

Several people asked me how they can buy my postcards. There are 10 different ones, printed on 600gsm heavy extra-thick Mohawk Superfine paper, uncoated finish, brilliant colors, they come with nice thick envelopes. One for 2, 50 euro, 4 for 9, 00 and 10 for 22, 00 euros. Plus postage. Also some calendars left,  A4 size (21 x 30 cm) 17euros, A3 size (30 x 40 cm) 25 euros. If you are interested please contact me info@claudiawiens.com

Exhibition in Seville, Spain

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2016 by claudiawiens

The first photo Exhibition in my new home town Seville is open now from 2nd Dec to 16th Dec 2016 in Salón de Arte Crisol, Calle Fernando IV, 6, Seville.
I am showing work from 22 years of photographing life in Egypt. It is a mixture of reportages, portraits, fine art. The opening was great, dozens of people attended.

 

NEW WEBSITE – www.claudiawiensartphoto.com

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2015 by claudiawiens

I am happy to announce that I started another website. This one focuses on my art photo projects. You can buy prints there if you like. I will now regularly introduce some of my art works here on this blog.

You find the website here www.claudiawiensartphoto.com

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EGYPT, DEIR AL BARSHA: Deir al Barsha is a tiny, very poor village in middle Egypt. This women are beneficaries of micro credits. In order to be able to run their enterprises they attend a literacy class, in which they also learn the basics of math.

INSTAGRAM

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by claudiawiens

I recently discovered INSTAGRAM as a nice “toy” to use photography in a different way. More playful, more spontanious, somewhat lighthearted, pretty and emotional. I can be creative in a different way. You can follow me @claudiawiens on instagram. But as not everybody is using instagram I thought it would be nice to share some photos on my blog as well. This post will gradually grow.

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©Claudia Wiens
A sandcastle in Valencia003_Istanbul_Seagulls_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
Seagulls following a boat in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Balloons in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
A Portrait of my cat Selma

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©Claudia Wiens
A train ride from Tunis to Gabes

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©Claudia Wiens
Tropical island paradise Seychelles

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©Claudia Wiens
A fountain in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Beautiful Bosporus in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
One of the many streetcats in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Snow in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
An aerial shot of Cairo

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©Claudia Wiens
More Cairo from above

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©Claudia Wiens
Cairo, Nile and Manial, from above

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©Claudia Wiens
Queen Selma

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©Claudia Wiens
Selfportrait

FIFA Women’s World Cup

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by claudiawiens

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important International competition in women’s football and is played amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. 2011 it is taking place for the first time in Germany. From 26th June to 17th July sixteen teams will compete at the World Cup finals. The Women’s World Cup 2011 is poised to mark a milestone in competitive women’s football with unparalleled coverage on television in terms of both production and distribution. Underlining the huge strides the women’s game has made in recent years, for the first time ever the FIFA broadcast production will comprise up to 18 cameras for selected matches, including in-goal cameras and two steadycams for all matches.
Not only the famous teams need media support and visibility but also less known teams should get some of the spotlight. Since 2006 I have been documenting women’s football in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Berlin. This summer the photos will be shown in many photo exhibitions and they will be published in my new book “Schuhgröße 37” (Size 4 Boots), a book in four languages, German, English, Arabic and Turkish.
You can order the book from any online bookshop, e.g. http://www.weltbild.de/3/16761008-1/buch/schuhgroesse-37.html

Exhibitions:
Berlin: Kreuzbergmuseum, Opening 15th June, 6pm. 15th June to 28th August
Istanbul: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi, Opening 21st June, 7pm. 21st June to 17th July
Cairo: Sawy Center (Organised by Goethe Institute), Opening 25th June, 7pm. 25th June to 5th July.

The exhibition will be shown as well by the Goethe Institutes in Upper Egypt, Algiers, Khartoum, Ramallah, Beirut, Amman, Damascus and maybe other places. Exact dates need to be confirmed.





Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by claudiawiens

As this is an older post of mine that gets many visits I would like to add some notes today (22nd Oct 2013). People often ask me “How can I help?”.

Abu Zaabal is always happy to welcome volunteers of all sorts, medical professionals, social workers or simply people who could share some of their time to help patients or to renovate or repair facilities. Donations are also needed. Some of the medical equipment is really old like for example the x-ray machines and new ones are urgently needed. People who would like to help can visit Abu Zaabal, talk to the nuns there and find out which help would be useful right now. Contacting Caritas Egypt can also be an option.

On another note I’m looking for a possibility to exhibit these photos in order to raise more awareness. If some health NGO, cultural or art place or some company out there is interested in this kind of exhibition, PLEASE contact me.

HERE the story starts: Although leprosy is on the verge of extinction and many people totally forgot about this disease, there are still some leprosaria or leprosy colonies as they are often called. This is not a story about suffering and misery, but rather about a strange micro-cosmos, a place unknown to most people: the leprosy colony Abu Zaabal in Qalyoubiya, 40km north of Cairo. All tourists that fly into Cairo could see it from above as it is quite close to the airport if they would know that it is there. About 750 patients are still living there, and another 3,000-4,000 cured lepers are living in the adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The bacterium responsible for leprosy was discovered in 1873 by the Norwegian Dr Armauer Hansen, and a whole section in Cairo’s Agricultural Museum was dedicated to bacterial diseases like leprosyand tuberculosis. The display in the museum remains as if nothing had changed since.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

 © Claudia Wiens

Until the 1930s, the illness was seen as uncurable and highly infectious. Left untreated, leprosy can be progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. In fact leprosy is not highly infectious, as approximately 95% of people are immune and sufferers are no longer infectious after only a couple of days treatment.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Abu Zaabal was built in 1933 encompassing a hospital…

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

…and agricultural land in order to be self-sustainable.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Lepers were brought in by police and were not allowed to leave for isolation was seen as the only treatment. It was a big open air prison. Circumstances back then were horrible with mice chewing away on lepers’ wounds while sleeping.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

During the past decade Abu Zaabal received a total make-over and became a friendly, peaceful place with all of the necessary facilities.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

When Dr Karam Shakshak and Dr Ahmed Al Thokaby, the recent director, arrived at the beginning of this decade they first renewed the water station as the whole place had no clean water at all. Now there is a waste water treatment plant on the grounds of the colony and provides the hospital with clean water.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Ibrahim, a cured patient operates the barber shop.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

A little mosque is frequented a lot by everybody who can walk. A priest visits Christian patients regularly.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Prayer time in the mosque.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The colony has its own bakery.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

What would be a micro cosmos without a coffeeshop? Radi, another ex-patient is managing the coffeeshop.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Nadia, his wife, a fragile and very sick woman, often gives him company.

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© Claudia Wiens

Men playing domino outside the coffeeshop.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Three Comboni Sisters and two Elisabetine Sisters, two Italian orders, come every morning from Cairo-Heliopolis to Abu Zaabal to help the leprosy patients. Sister Vittoria (left) lives for 45 years in Egypt and works for 26 years in Abu Zaabal.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Abu Zaabal has a big section for men and a smaller for women because generally less women get infected by leprosy. There are bigger and smaller sleeping wards, where every patient has his/her own bed and cupboard. Most rooms have a TV as well.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Patients who lost their legs or parts of it get well fitting protheses and learn to live with them. Often it was impossible for me to differentiate.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

All wards have their own kitchens where men or women cook together like in a flat share. But for those who are too weak and sick there is a big kitchen where healthy food is prepared for them.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Abdullah, also a cured leper, helps to distribute the food to the patients.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Abdullah also helps with cleaning.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Most mornings patients with open wounds come to the clinic to get their bandages changed.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

In the old days patients received one bandage per month and had to wash it with unclean water every few days.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

In the early mornings Ibrahim, also an ex-patient, helps changing bandages.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

I was worried about taking photos while patients have their bandages changed. But unexpectedly I found a relaxed atmosphere. The guys were chatting with each other and even joking. It is part of their daily routine and they exchange news while a nurse cleans out their wounds.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

As the nerves are often destroyed patients do not feel the pain, which can be very dangerous as they often do not notice infections or injuries.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The operation rooms got better equipment, especially for ear, nose and throat operations. And most importantly the hospital got a back-up generator after power cuts occurred during surgery causing a disaster.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

In fact the hospital here is now better equipped and kept cleaner than many governmental hospitals in Egypt.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

After helping in the clinic Ibrahim continues working in his little workshop where he fabricates special shoes for those who have deformations on their feet.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Six years ago Jehad, aka Manuela, a German woman who lives in Egypt for more than 20 years, turned the uncared of and full of rubbish grounds of Abu Zaabal into a paradise like garden.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

A team of 13-15 men, all cured patients, are helping to keep the garden clean and beautiful. They receive a small salary for their work. Most ex-lepers, especially if they have deformations can’t find jobs anymore.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Ahmed Mohamed (49) is one of them. The disease started when he was 18, but like many others the doctor discovered very late that he was suffering from leprosy. In 1980 he came to Abu Zaabal and received Multi Drug Treatment (MDT) and was finally cured. He met his wife here, also a common story, and they have five healthy children.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Jehad does not only take care of the garden she also visits those patients who suffered so much from leprosy that they have to spend their lives in bed. Sheikh Sayed, 88, suffered from leprosy since he was six years old. But only when he had an eye operation at the age of 18 the doctor diagnosed him with leprosy.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

For 63 years he lives now in Abu Zaabal, blind, with disfigured mouth and nose and limps. But he listens to the radio every day and is up to date with world news.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Despite his tough destiny he still likes to joke. “Hagiblik gateau?” “Can I get you some cake?” he said and giggled about his own joke when I was talking to him.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Gohari ,18, is the youngest male patient at Abu Zaabal. He finished his MDT treatment and now receives physiotherapy for his hands. Effective treatment for leprosy appeared in the late 1930s with the introduction of dapsone and its derivatives. However, leprosy bacilli resistant to dapsone gradually evolved and became widespread, and it was not until the introduction of Multi Drug therapy (MDT) in the early 1980s that the disease could be diagnosed and treated successfully.Belonging to the younger generation Gohari dose not want to spend his life in the colony but wishes to go return to Kafr El Sheikh, his home town, and continue school.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The older patients, who live 30, 40 years or even longer in the colony don’t want to return to their often rural villages.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

In the past they were often stigmatized and had to live the lives of pariah. So they got married in Abu Zaabal, moved to the neighbouring village and made their homes here. Also nowadays the living conditions in Abu Zaabal itself are much better than in a rural poor Egyptian village where most patients come from.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

He is visiting his grandmother and shows off some of his religious tattoos.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Many patients have old fashioned cookers and brew their own tea.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Cooking together comes often with little arguments about taste and ingredients. It reminded me very much of some of my own flat share experiences and arguments about who should cut the damn onions.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

His father had just his second leg amputated. He was another case where leprosy was way too late in being diagnosed.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The about 55 nurses sometimes have exhausting days. Although many of those I talked said that they enjoy their work at Abu Zaabal. But payment is so low that some of them work at another hospital in the evenings.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

About 120 women patients are living at Abu Zaabal, and about another 130 come here for treatment.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Saneya (85) lives here for more than 50 years.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Although she has deformed feet and hands she manages to walk around and prepare her own food. I had many funny conversations with here and couldn’t believe how lucid she is. She loves to sing, tease other younger patients and has a wicked humor. She kept nagging me to bring along my boyfriend to check him out.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Makhita

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Nasra is another long time patient.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

This woman has no legs anymore and has to stay in bed all the time.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

The women also have their communal kitchen where they can cook together while others opt to cook on a small stove beside their beds.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Cooking duties.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

He and his wife come in daily to sell vegetables to the patients.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Jehad shares some love and tenderness with Nadia.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Warda (80) lives there for 35 years and loves to listen to soap operas and music on her radio.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Some patients have their own little rooms.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

© Claudia Wiens

Sister Laura is the only Egyptian nun at the colony and works here for five years as a nurse.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

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Every morning she visits all women, gives injections,…

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….cleans wounds,…

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

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…does check ups…

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….combs hair…

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… and consoles, laughs and jokes with them.

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Everybody who is strong enough does washing, cleaning, cooking and helps those who aren’t. Life here is like in a big community, but somehow totally detached from the outside world.

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Her nickname is Batta.

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

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Even though life here is often very hard, patients like to have some fun together.

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Visitors help to make time pass.

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Cat love.

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As one of Abu Zaabal’s biggest donors Caritas Egypt founded in 1982 a socio-medical centre in adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village. In their preschool/kindergarden they serve about 120 children of lepers and ex-lepers. The children learn reading and writing,…

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….get one healthy meal including fresh milk.

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And get to play in their new playground.

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Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

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Dr Mona, the dermatologist of Abu Zaabal for more than 30 years comes three times a week to the Caritas Centre to treat children free of charge.

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Parents often can’t afford to pay for a doctor.

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Italian Sister Lina (88), as old as the oldest patients, is the coordinator of the Caritas Centre. It is more and more difficult to find young women who would serve as nuns for the leprosy colony or social work in general.

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The center also provides women with courses in sewing. Some of  the products are later on sold at the center.

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The one kilometre between Abu Zaabal and Abdel Moneim Riad village people walk or take pick-ups and microbuses.

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Nobody knows exact numbers but approximately 650 families, up to 4000 people, live in this village.

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Zeinab from Upper Egypt, is an ex-patient of Abu Zaabal where she met her husband. They settled down here, had three healthy children. Now Zeinab sells vegetables in the street in front of her house. Here she doesn’t have to fear from stigma and horrible comments.

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Fresh milk for four Egyptian Pounds per litre is unaffordable for many people.

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Many of the villagers remain dependent on the colony because of their deformations and receive necessary medications and support from it.

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Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

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Doaa, 30, cured, also met her husband in the hospital and they decided to settle here after her husband worked in a cheese factory but got fired when they found out that he had suffered from leprosy. Now they have built a little house and she opened a grocery shop and is very proud that she can contribute to their living. The ultimate goal for leprosy patients in Egypt is to live a normal life in their communities, receive treatment there and go on with their lives.

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Living in Abu Zaabal should only be a temporary thing, ideally only for the time of treatment. Returning to their original homes will hopefully be the future.