Egypt, Cairo: Marihan Yahya plays for Wadi Degla, Egypt’s most successful women’s football team. Almost 30 young women are regularly training under their head coach Mohamed Kamal and are even getting paid for doing so – a great exception in the Egyptian football scene. The salaries vary between 30 and 150 Euro, while players face deductions for yellow and red cards and receive bonuses for special performances and winning tournaments.

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Topics of Focus

Human interest stories, culture, people

Geographic Areas of Focus

Middle East, North Africa, Turkey


Claudia Wiens is a German photographer and artist based in Istanbul and Cairo, between which she is travelling internationally for her work. Her work has appeared in international publications, such as GEO, Stern and Guardian and she works frequently for a number of NGOs, including UNICEF, GIZ and Johns Hopkins. Claudia Wiens is the author of three photo books and her work has frequently been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide at venues like the Kestner Museum (Hanover), Antikenmuseum (Basel), Kreuzbergmuseum (Berlin), HOST Gallery (London) and several Goethe Institutes. In 2013 she received the Border Crossers grant from Robert Bosch Foundation for her current long term photo project “Post Revolution art and artists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya”. and