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Afiaa Alwazir is an avid photographer, activist, blogger. She earned a bachelor’s degree in media and communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.1 Her passion for photography, which began in high school, has evolved into a successful career. Not only she been able to turn her passion into a profession, she has also used it to contribute to important causes such as the growing youth revolution in her native Yemen. In March 2011, she captured images in a nationwide day of protests against US military aid to Yemen in Washington DC.2 A collection of these images along with stirring images from various sources can be found on YouTube.
As a child, Afiaa watched her father spend endless hours at his typewriter. Now as an adult, she regards photography as her way to tell stories about herself and the world around her. “ A number of these stories along with written accounts can be found on Afiaa’s blog. Notable entries include “Café Heaven” and “It’s Hipster Time.”3
Afiaa is part of Muslim Women in the Arts (MWIA), a network of Muslim women artists.4