NOOR - Nasaji Baghrami
Shai Chishty is a London based documentary photographer. Originally from Birmingham, she established her career working with NGOs on humanitarian projects such as post-cyclone disaster recovery in Bangladesh and the East African food crisis. She has worked with global organisations including Christian Aid, UN Women and Islamic Relief. Shai is particularly interested in the impact of development work on women.
Shai’s work has been published internationally – most notably her work covering the 2014 Afghan elections. Her work on drug rehabilitation received an honourable mention in the 2013 Magenta Flash Forward Award and her work on the internally displaced in Afghanistan received an honourable mention in the International Photography Awards 2016.
Currently studying for a Masters in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, Shai is developing her conceptual practice exploring identity and notions of ‘otherness’.
Nasaji Baghrami camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP) sits on the outskirts of Kabul. About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive condition, with no access to electricity, sewage system nor running water.
This is just one of more than 50 such camps across Kabul alone where tens of thousands of people live in similar harsh conditions.
The director of IDPs in the Ministry says the number of displaced Afghans has increased by about 100,000 over the past year and has now increased above 600,000.