Rasul is 85, but he still carries the same passion he had when he was 28. This store has been his second home in bazaar since 1961.
His father and his brothers were blacksmiths, the family’s inherited job. But, he never became one. The job he chose was different from what the men in his family do. He sells dry goods.
He started this work when he sold a few sacks of chick peas in his rented store in Khani Hama Gawhar.
Then, the small store was filled with beans, chick peas, sunflowers and lentil, produced by farmers from Kirkuk and Garmiyan.
Before running his own store, Haji Rasul brought his village’s produce to Kirkuk bazaars on the backs of donkeys.
Beside being part of the city’s history, Haji Rasul has been the bazaar’s treasure for half a century. His story does not have voice yet, and he might not be present in people’s memory as well.
“When I was young, I saw villagers bringing their produce on the backs of donkeys to the city. But, Arab villagers came less often. Only recently they have started bringing considerable amount of goods to Kirkuk bazaar.” Said Haji Rasul when talking bout farmers role in bazaar.
He continued, “Storekeepers used to offer debts when selling goods. People hardly had all the amounts ready at once to buy goods. They trusted the people, they trusted that they would be paid back. The only risk would have been that one out of a hundred would delay paying back.”
The Jews as Part of the History of Kirkuk Bazaar
The Jews from Kirkuk, as Jews from Kurdistan and Iraq, had a significant role in the society, especially in bazaar and market places. Haji Rasul as a witness of those days, stated, “I was young. I remember it very well when they brought tools and goods to the villages for selling. They brought clothes and wool and mostly sold them without receiving the money at once. They would come back at the end of the year when goods were ready for sell, and sometimes the villagers offered their products in return of the money. This was a common deal. During the harvest of wheat and barley, the Jews returned to settled debts.”
In 1949, after the forming of Israel, the Jews from Kirkuk and Iraq, migrated to Israel and never returned. But, their memory remains in the minds of the elderly.
Jews Had a Significant Role in Kirkuk’s Bazaar and Market Places
Haji Rasul explained food expenses and crisis, “They talk about the big crisis in the forties and that people were not able to buy enough goods and proper clothing or find work, but I have been selling in this sore for so many years and haven’t seen such times. Market weakens because of war and political conflicts, but it never closes.”
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