For 50 Years, An Old Man Makes his Living by Knife Sharpening

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For 50 years, Omar Abu Bakir has been roaming Sulaymaniyah streets with his 25 kg knife sharpening machine to make his own living.

Omar learned knife sharpening when he was a child. Despite risks imposed by his profession which caused him injuries during the years, he insists on working in sharpening knives, claiming he would get sick if he ever stops.

He walks for long hours looking for butchers and owners of restaurants who want to sharpen their knives. Omar is held in high regard among residents of Sulaymaniyah.

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