Rising From the Bombed-Out Desert in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Sand dunes are still working on reclaiming abandoned tanks and felled Iraqi aircraft. Bombed-out aircraft shelters bear witness to Kuwait's violent past. Bullet-riddled concrete walls, rebar hanging like spider webs, charred concrete from fires enemy soldiers set decades ago—war is impossible to forget, yet many here are weary of remembering. Still, after the desert flames were extinguished, a modern-architecture phoenix rose from the ashes. The Oz-like Kuwait Towers were hit hard and stood strong. Preserved on the walls are photographs of the destruction, honest and straightforward. No need for narrative; the images speak for themselves. Juxtaposed with the scenes of war is the observation deck a few steps away, with grand views of this minuscule desert country, strong again and standing proud in the midst of a still uncertain future.
- Hesham Al Hi