Andrew McConnell



Ama Zrog

Age: 18
Pictured at her home in El Aaiún refugee camp, Algeria.


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I am eighteen, I grew up here. I studied in Libya for one year and I hope to find somewhere to work but it's not easy. I am studying Henna. We make decorations on the hands and feet and learn different designs, it is only for women. It's beautiful, we leave it on for three hours and then remove it carefully. After the colour sticks to the skin, it can last for weeks. There are very experienced Henna painters here and all the women want to go to them.

I don't like to be a refugee but I have no control over it, I was sad went I found out. Morocco is my enemy. My wish is for independence I don't want to be here in the future. Peace would be best but war will bring independence.