Egypt


Cairo, 2013.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi clampes down on any dissent and imprison political opponents as well as journalists. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, is one of those. He was arrested doing his job, photographing security forces’ violent behaviour during street protests in Cairo. He has been in prison, without a trial since 2013.This photograph was taken in the aftermath of the Rabaa Massacre where more than 2 000 people were killed by security forces acting on, then General, Sisi’s orders.
People in lined up for many hours outside the Cairo morgue to get a death certificate from, what many claimed, hesitant authorities. The certificates also gave an number on how many people were killed by the authorities, creating an official statistic hard to deny.
Grief and mourning and death are cynically used by political power players all around the world.
Story in my upcoming book ”Being There” by @bokforlagetmaxstrom.