This ramshackle doorway opens into a dilapidated staircase in Downtown Manama and is the ‘route’ to a bed space on the old run down building’s rooftop.
This is a “labour accommodation” where expatriate workers stay, paying a dollar a night for bed space.
They pay per use to sleep, without running water or electricity.
These are not only the so-called “free-visa” workers but also many who call it their “company accommodation.”
Sadly, human rights and government officials “see” this only after a major tragedy happens – and that happens quite often in the summer!
This is only the second picture that I have taken of a sparrow in Bahrain. Let along that, I have never actually spotted these tiny little creatures more than a few times. That’s what happens if one stays holed up within the four walls of a high-rise apartment building or stays within the confines of a big city’s congested neighbourhood. The only other time I photographed a sparrow was just about a year ago when it was in distress and we carried out the great rescue act (http://singhcircle.com/2014/06/17/a-little-bird-and-the-sea/) in Busaiteen. After that, this one appeared as out of nowhere on a tleafless tree in Manama. And, the ‘sighting’ was exciting, even more so since I had the camera on me at that time. Yes, Bahrain is quite a haven for birds of all kinds but not in the cities and certainly not in this terrible weather. That is why this Summer Sparrow is rather special!