Mustafa, aged 19 (although he is unsure of exact age) is a labourer on the Turquoise Mountain project rebuilding the old town centre, Murad khane. He is single and lives with his parents. The monkey is called Shadi.
“Before Turquoise Mountain came here it was very bad. Everywhere smelt, it was full of rubbish and the sewage – people just threw it out in front of their houses- it was two or three metres high, you could reach the top floor of the houses by standing on the garbage. During the war, there was nobody to clean up the rubbish, then buildings would collapse and then rubbish would go on rubbish.
Before working with Turquoise Mountain I was just polishing shoes, now I get $5 dollars a day.”