Saturday, November 6, 2010

Get Your Goat Meat Here

Ibrahim Swara-Dahab skins a goat before butchering in his shop south of Phoenix. He owns the Goat Meat Store. Swara-Dahab came to the United States from Somalia in 1998. He has built a thriving business as a Halal butcher and provides freshly butchered goats and sheep killed following the precepts of Muslim tradition. 
His business is a microcosm of immigrant America and caters not only to Muslims in the Phoenix area but also to refugees and immigrants from Africa and Asia. While I was there he had customers come in from Liberia, Sudan and Bhutan. His small butcher shop is on the Gila River Indian Reservation, about 100 yards from the Phoenix city limits and doesn't have either running water or electricity, which means no refrigeration. All of his meat is butchered on the spot and sold fresh to his customers. 
There are more photos of the goat meat butcher in my archive and available from ZUMA Press