Ababda - Bedouins of the Eastern Desert
black and white photography
Abdel Ghader (left - on the picture with his brother Abdel Daim), the oldest worker in Berenike, makes the best gors. He is 62 years old and still strong and swift. In the tent everybody treats him with great respect, he is the patriarch. Like many others, Abdel Ghader is from el-Nasr near Aswan; he usually works in the sugar cane fields where he earns most of the money for the support of his family. Abdel Ghader is always cheerful. He gives me a friendly smile, showing his healthy white teeth. Two of his front teeth are missing. He is dressed in galabiya, on his head he wears a carefully wound turban of thin white fabric. Like most Ababda he is attached to this traditional Egyptian garb.
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