In honor of International Women’s Day — here is “Disappearing” by Yemeni Photographer Bushra Almutawakei — shared by Fundação José Saramago on her behalf:

You, too, have permission to share this image.


  1. It was shared with me via Mr Ps brother who receieved it from the Nont for Profit Foundation itself.

    After sharing our womens celebration yesterday – this to me was the perfect reason for doing so and a stark reminder that many women still do not have our freedoms and some women do still dissapear. Thank you for publishing it as it is – I was quite lost for words and I am not sure any words that I could find would do it justice.

    1. Yes, sometimes we can’t add more drama or tension or meaning to an image with our words.

      The actual disappearing before our eyes is the entire message. We need say nothing more — other than to express our shared outrage.

  2. That was my first thought when I saw the picture. Then I thought of the bravery and courage taken by her in getting in published and asking it to be shared.

  3. Thanks for sharing this image– it says so much in just a few frames. This will be a great image to show to the “Women of Action” club on my campus.

  4. It needed to be shared and still needs to be shared far and wide. I am grateful to David that he allowed me some fluidity in the posting rules to enable me to do so.

    1. It was my honor to get this online for you, Nicola!

      What’s still most amazing about the whole sequence of images is how in the first one — they are all already all covered up!

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