In a remote location in Upper Egypt and under a cloud of white lime, dozens work in white brick quarries to extract white bricks from the mountain, most of the workers are young men who have not completed their education. The work begins after the sunrise to sunset in dangerous conditions.
The White Mountain
Series, 3rd place
The way to work. Mohammed, young boy Works from the first light of the sun, brings water, tea and equipment to the workers. Mohammed did not complete the elementary school and went to work in the mountain to help his family with some money.
A cup of tea. After workers gather in the morning , The workers drink a cup of tea to warm themselves up in this cold atmosphere.
Making clouds. Щne of the worker uses a machine which called "El fasalah" which cut and partition the mountain to stone blocks " 13*26 cm" . This process produces a cloud of white lime this dust stones cause them serious respiratory diseases.
In the storm. One of the workers walking in Thick dust of white lime , This lime affects the lungs of workers and injures them with serious diseases.
The man of sizes. Ahmed , young man 18 years old ,Responsible for the dimensions of the brick molds using the lever to move the path of the machine to the required size.
The Machine. "El hashasha", the machine which extract the final result of the stones as a free blocks that ready to use. this machine is very dangerous ,sharp, and has no safe handling and some workers are injured by cutting the hand or foot.
The Track. Workers transporting brick blocks cut off from the machine's track In preparation for the next round.
The professor. Mostafa , an old man 46 years , He has been working in the mountain for more than 20 years, Specializes in repairing faults that occur in the mach.
Transportation. The workers Moving the bricks to the place where the transport vehicles are located.
From hand to hand. The workers moving the bricks from hand to hand and put it on the transport vehicles to be ready for trading in the market.