Reference : V-P-IL-E-03362
Date : 10/09/2019
Caption : Gaza, Deir al-Balah. Uncle Zaki’s barber kit accompanies him wherever he goes.
Photographer : AL-AZAYZA, Motaz
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Uncle Zaki has worked as a barber for over 50 years. He is now the oldest and most respected barber in Gaza. “I sometimes go to work at four in the morning because I love it so much. I feel the joy of every moment. I am happy when I groom children for the Eid holiday. When I shave a groom, I feel as if I am about to get married myself,” Uncle Zaki says.
People love Uncle Zaki. They say they often come to his shop to hear his stories and chat with him while getting a haircut. Every day, he takes his shaving kit and rides his bike to go to houses of disabled people to give them a haircut at home. The old barber riding his bike has become part of the cityscape of his native town of Dair Al Balah, a piece of local history and folklore.
Resolution : 4000x2667
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : black and white