Avaz Galan, 55, is a horse breeder living in Raz and Jargalan, North Khorasan province. His father was an immigrant from Turkmenistan.
Avaz lost his wife eight years ago and now he is living with his two daughters, Zeinab and Khadijeh, his old aunt, Shah-Soltan, and his two nephews, Mohammad and Ahmad.
Zeinab, 19, and Khadijeh, 23, are like mothers to Ahmad and Mohammad who lost their father to hepatitis and their mother left years ago. Shah-Soltan is a pretty old widow who is paralyzed and is suffering vision loss due to cataract and has been living with Avaz’s family since her husband died.
Despite all the hardships and the sever poverty Avaz loves horse breeding and has a deep affection for horses. He has devoted his life to his fondness for his job and currently he owns seven horses.
However, he can’t afford a stable for his horses so he keeps his horses kilometers away from his house and visits them twice a day. He feeds them by the wild grasses grown in nature. He earns an honest living by selling the mares’ foals. Tehran Times / Laleh Khajoei