Publisher: New York: Fazal Sheikh / International Human Rights Series, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 110895
First edition, first printing.
A Camel for the Son: Signed in black ink on the title page by Sheikh. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text by Fazal Sheikh. Includes a laid-in booklet with text translated into Somali. 128 pp., with 79 duotone plates beautifully printed on heavy matte paper in Germany by Steidl, Göttingen. 8-7/8 x 6-5/8 inches. ISBN: 0970761309.
Ramadan Moon: Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text by Fazal Sheikh. Includes a laid-in booklet with text translated into Somali and Dutch. 64 pp., with 31 tritone plates beautifully printed on heavy matte paper in Germany by Steidl, Göttingen. 8-7/8 x 6-5/8 inches. ISBN: 0970761317.
Near Fine (very slight bumps to corners, else Fine).
From the publisher: "A Camel for the Son brings together two bodies of work: the first, a series of photographs made in Somali refugee camps in eastern Kenya between 1992 and 1994; the second, a series made nearly a decade later, after those camps had been consolidated around the town of Dadaab. On his earlier trips Fazal Sheikh had made a series of portraits of mothers and their babies at the feeding center in Mandera. When he returned in 2000, he found some of the same women and their children--now approaching puberty--still living in the camps. One of the main problems suffered by women in the camps was that they were being sexually assaulted--by Kenyans and by men from their own groups--when they went beyond the perimeter to find firewood. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had appointed a special advisor to interview the victims and bring some of the perpetrators to justice. Over the years, the women in the camps had organized themselves into powerful groups. Abshiro Aden Mohammed, the leader of the women's group in Dagahaley camp, handed Fazal Sheikh a letter, in effect a manifesto, in which she described the inequalities between men and women in her society. The letter provides the title for A Camel for the Son, the first in a series of books produced by the International Human Rights Series (IHRS), established by Fazal Sheikh in order to make his work more widely available free of charge."
"Ramadan Moon takes the form of a meditation on exile by a Somali woman, Seynab Azir Wardeere, detained with her young son in an asylum seekers' shelter in the Netherlands. Gazing into the night sky during the month of Ramadan, she dreams of the husband and her daughters whom she has left behind in Somalia and seeks comfort from the Koran in her prayers."