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Tsinat, 31, sits in the Sirkin Street community garden, near Talpiot Market in the Hadar neighborhood, Haifa, Israel, April 5, 2021. For two years, while working as a locksmith, Tsinat taught the children of the community to read and write in Tigrinya, one of the two official languages of Eritrea. “My mother was a teacher. In my country, when we went to church as kids, some people taught us. We knew nothing so they sat us down altogether and taught us the letters and how to pray. When I came here, I started teaching the children, and we have a lot of them, thank God. We say we might go back there (to Eritrea). With the good Lord's help, we think everything will be fine and we will return to our country. So these children need to learn their language, the letters, so that they will not have a hard time there”.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Haifa, Israel
Camera: NIKON D600
Copyright: © Daniel Rolider