Arts & Culture COVID-19

In photos: Bahrain before and during the COVID-19 crisis

What was once a bustling trade hub, is now coated with silence.

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By Sekka Team

Scenes from Bahrain’s Manama Souq before and during the novel coronavirus crisis. Photography by Mustafa Abdulhadi.

All over the world, our lives and daily routines have been somehow affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Bahrain, one of the six Arab Gulf States, currently holds one of the highest numbers of infected people in the region, and the crisis has affected the everyday life of Bahrainis and residents alike. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the Manama Souq, Bahrain’s historical marketplace, and the beating trade hub of the country.

Bahraini photographer Mustafa Abdulhadi, who is passionate about documenting the daily life of people around the world, shares with us in the gallery above, photos of the same locations in Manama Souq, before and during the COVID-19 crisis. Evident throughout is the silence and emptiness that it has bestowed upon the usually bustling market.

To view more of Mustafa’s work, visit his Instagram page here.

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