Umar chose the word “жашоо” (life in Kyrgyz)
Life hasn’t always been easy for him.
Most recently, when the coronavirus pandemic kicked off and people stopped travelling, he lost his job as a tour guide, forcing him to leave his town and get a cheap place in this slum of Bishkek. However, being a righteous man and a good muslim is what makes his life happy no matter what.
Umar has been helping us a lot here in the slum since he is generous and speaks good English. On the first day he helped us explain our project to the other inhabitants. Since then, we’ve been having all sort of conversations about islam, English grammar, blue men, abstract art, sheep heads, god’s sense of humour, and basically about life.
(Portrait by Spag Bertin)