Gaza: Ibrahim’s Wheels
Every morning at 8 am, Ibrahim Abu-Thurya, a 26 year old Gazan native, heads to the streets to earn his daily bread. His job as a car-washer supports his family of 11. Ibrahim has been injured four times by Israeli attacks since the age of 12, the most serious of which was an artillery shell took both of his legs in 2008, confining him to a wheelchair for life.
Due to the harsh living conditions in the Gaza strip, and after the family’s living expenses exceeded the $300 that the Ministry of Social Affairs allocated to him for being wounded, Ibrahim was forced to work to provide food for his family.
Ibrahim wheels around the streets of Gaza searching for cars to clean. He maneuvers deftly with his rag and bucket and tries his best to reach every part of the car. All this for $1.5, $3 if the car owner decides to be generous. (x)
(Photos by Shuaib Abu Jahal)