Kiana Hayeri

Photographer
    
Our Fairytale
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an... read on
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Our Fairytale
Credits: kiana hayeri
Date of Work: 08/01/16 - 08/31/16
Updated: 02/19/20
Location: cape town

Banian family arrived in Cape Town in March 2015 and they're among one of 40 Syrian families who have filed for refugee status (UNHCR reports) in South Africa. The family was helped by a local mosque to temporarily settle in Cape Town, while their three daughters continue their schooling and learn English with a thick south african accent. In July 2016, their request for refugee status was denied by the court, stating that Damascus was safe and the family need to return to Syria.

Between 2006 and 2012, South Africa received the highest number of asylum seekers than any other country in the world, with a peak of 222,300 claims in 2009. While South Africa has one of the most progressive system for settling refugees, after a series of xenophobic attacks on refugees that left 60 people dead and thousands displaced. Currently less than %1 of the applicants are granted refugee status

In August 2016, while Banian family lived in a limbo, waiting for their court appeal, I photographed their three daughters, Shahd (11), Rand (9) and Judi (7). Like any other child, the three girls invented games and dreams in their small house on the highest point of Bo-Kaap hill in Cape Town. Parallel to their fairytales, a dark world of loss, war and limbo continued to ravage through the lives of their parents and extended family back in Syria. (2016)

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Your Veil is a Battleground

By Kiana Hayeri / Tehran — Your Veil is a Battleground  is a continuation of Beyond The Veil project. Inspired by the title of..
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A Generation of Afghan Widows

By Kiana Hayeri / afghanistan
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The day I become a woman

By Kiana Hayeri / iran — According to Islamic Shi’a laws in Iran, when a girl turns nine, she is considered to be mature..
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tearsheets

By Kiana Hayeri
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Afghan Women On The Frontline

By Kiana Hayeri / kabul
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The day Cherry Blossoms perished

By Kiana Hayeri / missisaauga
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'May god be with you my daughter...'

By Kiana Hayeri / Tehran — In light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran..
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Afghan Women Demand to be Heard

By Kiana Hayeri / kabul
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Child Soldiers

By Kiana Hayeri / afghanistan — Widespread use of children in armed conflict is one of the most awful trends in wars today. According to..
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The Silent Death

By Kiana Hayeri / Afghanistan
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An Old Afghan Poet Polishes ‘the Heart’s Mirror’

By Kiana Hayeri / kabul
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Yazidi Sisters

By Kiana Hayeri / edmonton
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TransAsia Train

By Kiana Hayeri / turkey
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Single Mothers of Afghanistan

By Kiana Hayeri / Kabul
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Bombed by ISIS, an Afghan Wrestling Club Is Back: ‘They Can’t Stop Us’

By Kiana Hayeri / kabul
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"The Taliban Made Me Fight"

By Kiana Hayeri / kabul — The boys in what Badam Bagh officials call the suicide bombers wing ranged in age from 12 to 17. Their cases..
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