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Mohammad’s Kitchen

Mar 12, 2019 - Damian Ucieda Cortes

Mohammad and I met a few years ago. He had not long obtained political refuge in Spain and had travelled a long way from his birthplace in Sudan, travelling through Libya and Morocco to get here. From the first moment there was a strong connection between us, a mutual feeling of trust, turning us into good friends. Despite the many cultural differences between us a strong emotional bond was created which lasted for years.

 

Some time after we had first met, by chance in conversation we discovered that we had been born on the same day, January 5th 1980. I knew we were the same age but finding out this extra piece of information evoked very different feelings in each of us. While for Mohammad it was a cause for happiness and an explanation as to why we got on so well for me it caused an immediate sadness. To think that due to geopraphics our lives were destined to be totally different and we would have an unequal share of opportunities throughout our lives to me seemed very unfair.

 

Mohammad didn’t want to be photographed so I asked him if I could photograph his house in Galicia and he accepted.