Video: Al Hamali - the porters of Souq Waqif

"Now I'm old, I can't work for too long. I go home at 9 in the evening... my back hurts."

You have definitely seen a 'hamali', a porter, if you've visited Doha's famous Souq Waqif.

They use wheelbarrows to carry their customers goods around the souq, while they shop. This is how they earn their living.

Here is a short documentary from Youtube. It was directed by Amal AlMuftah for the Thimun Film Festival.

link: http://youtu.be/jEb5HCKph3Q

Comments

Interesting insight ... Wed, 26.02.2014 , 12.28 hrs ...
since most of the shop owners there are from Iran they give jobs to old Iranian people since there is no job in Iran for old people unless you own a shop or something and ,ALL of those men are from Iran also the guy who said Faris there is no country called faris he meant Fars its a state in Iran, every country has old people who didnt save and didnt end well, you may be born poor but if you die poor its your own mistake
This is obviously a very emotive subject but there is very little we could do.Even at this age these people toil hard to make both ends meet.My heart goes out to them irrespective of their nationalities. There will be many sad stories of genuine distress!Wish to say aloud -This world is for EVERYONE - certainly NOT for the assumed elite only…… Let's hope and pray something is done about this soon.TY for the insight
damn
Mashaallah what a beautiful and touching film. I was absolutely clueless of the plight of my brothers there, whom are like my grand fathers. It's really heartbreaking to think that they suffer so much, while we are blissfully busy shopping for yet another piece of cloth. I will never look at them the same again and will spread their stories around me. May ALLAH opens the heart of people towards them, and I will make sure to always try to help one of them when ever I go there.
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