This is a camel herder who lives out in the desert. He wears the long white traditional dress men wear here, called a thobe, plus a scarf on his head to help protect him from the hot sun. When the camel herder wants to sit down, he can either rest in the beat up old chair on the left or he can relax on the red carpet which is laid on top of the ground to the right. This carpet is probably also where he prays the five daily prayers required in Islam. You can also see in the background several bales of hay which the camels are fed. There is also a big white water tank to the right of the truck.
The four stainless steel bowls turned upside down on the crudely fashioned table in front of him are used when he milks one of the mama camels for a customer who wants camel milk. Sometimes camels are also sold for slaughter here for their lean meat. Camel meat is readily available in supermarkets.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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