Msheireb is one of the most lively places in Doha. The district still retains the old world charm of the 40s-60s, when it was once a suburb of Doha. Much later as the city grew, Msheireb became the home for the large migrant community that was living in Doha; it is also termed as a dormitory for the workers. A large part of this district was demolished a few years ago for the Msheireb Downtown project. The residents were given a short notice to vacate their premises and thus most of them left with whatever they could. The rest of the material was salvaged by a team of committed artists and museum enthusiasts under the Echo Memory Project. This collection is now housed at the Msheireb Arts Center, the first girls school in Doha. Located around the Msheireb Arts Center are homes of many of the people who work in or around Msheireb and it looks like history is repeating itself. Two days ago, the residents were given notices that electricity and water would be disconnected and that they would need to vacate the premises in a week. The power and water were cut within twenty four hours, houses have been tagged to make way for new high rises, but no one has considered the future of the residents. There is no plan to relocate them and many of them are unaware of their future. Its the waiting game right now, but at risk are lives of people who have lived here for years as well as losing importance heritage in the form of buildings. Any ideas how we can help?
The pictures were taken of the houses that have been tagged of demolition. I hope to go back and document more stories of the people as they wait for their future to unfold.