Reference : V-P-IL-E-03367
Date : 10/09/2019
Caption : Gaza, Deir al-Balah. Uncle Zaki wheels his bike to one of his customer’s houses. For those who cannot come to his shop, including the elderly and persons with disabilities, Uncle Zaki offers to cut their hair in the comfort of their own homes.
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