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20 Years a Laborer

  • 2019-05-03
20 Years a Laborer
Ali Atiyya waits for a day job on Kirkuk’s Ahmad Agha Street Photo: Karwan Salhi

My name is Ali Atiyya. I’m 59 from Laylan sub-district. I’ve been a day laborer for more than 20 years.

Every morning I go to a square on Ahmed Agha Street in Kirkuk where workers gather waiting to be hired for work.

I usually transport bricks at construction sites or help organize home gardens.

It costs me 4 thousand dinars for transportation and another thousand dinars for food a day; however sometimes I stay jobless for more than a week.

I haven’t got married as yet because I can’t afford to raise a family.

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