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Photographer's Note

Another picture of a 'chai' (tea) lady working on the streets of Khartoum. This young woman is a refugee from the Nuba Mountains in the west of Sudan, whose 'tea house' is a ramshackle lean-to (made from sticks of cane and plastic sheeting) on the side of an empty brick building .She looks so young and yet has a beautiful daughter (about 6 years old I would guess).

'Chai' ladies can be found on every shady street corner in Khartoum. In the mornings they set up shop in the dawn light, burning the charcoal and mixing their sweet teas and tangy coffee. Some offer delicious doughnuts to start the day, and many regulars stop on their way to work to sit and chat with friends.

It's a precarious existence; the money they make in a day (often 12-14hours) will probably only be enough to buy tomorrows provisions and pay for a meal for their family.

Taken in the shelter I suspect the focus is slightly incorrect - but the overall feeling is enough for me to think this pic is worthy of TE.

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