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Electricity outages make Fouad’s living

  • 2022-08-19
Electricity outages make Fouad’s living
Dohuk, 2022: Fuad Elias Izdo, 21, an Internally Displaced Person IDP residing in Shariya camp, while he was busy maintaining and repairing a small electric generator.
By Ammar Aziz in Duhok

 Ammar Aziz

My name is Fouad Elias Izdo and I'm 21 years old. My business thrives in times when the national electricity supply is running low, because my job is repairing generators.

I am from Shingal (Sinjar) and have been living in Shariya camp in Dohuk governorate for eight years. About four years ago I opened a shop to maintain and repair small generators, and I inherited this profession from my father.

Electricity conditions are poor, so some are forced to rely on small generators. They bring here three to four generators every day from Shariya camp and other IDP camps, sometimes people come to me from Shariya complex as well.

Electricity generators are often broken these days due to the poor quality of fuel and spare parts.

I earn daily from my work in the maintenance and repair of generators between 30,000 to 35,000 dinars (1USD=1480IQD). Sometimes the generator breaks down after a few days, so I repair it without receiving additional money from the customer, because we are displaced and we must help each other.

Since the electricity crisis in Iraq is chronic, our work will continue.


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