A significant percentage of the Saudi workforce consists of cheap foreign labor from poorer countries in this part of the world, like Yemen, Sudan, or Pakistan. Many of them perform very menial jobs, like cleaning the streets and sidewalks – jobs that are considered beneath a Saudi man. What really gets me, though, is how people here just throw their trash down wherever they are for these foreign workers to clean up. I’ve really never seen anything quite like it. Even children are allowed or even told to throw their trash on the ground. This is something that I really don’t get – my husband says that they are providing work for these guys and it’s their job!
I liked the way these two workers had their scarves fashioned into turbans on their heads. Most of the time I see these clean up guys in blue or lavendar jumpsuits, which match the large garbage dumpsters here. I posted a photo a while back featuring one of the guys whose outfit matches his dumpster – click here to see it.
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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 and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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