Morjina Begum

Morjina Begum Photo location: Tangaial, Bangladesh My entire life had been spent on an island on the Brahmaputra River. I had never seen any vehicles in my 35 years of life, except for boats, ox carts and horse carts. Like me hundreds of women from these islands had never seen any modern vehicles. The men of the islands went out for necessary things but women didn’t need to go anywhere. I, myself, never imagined a city life could look like this. Last
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Hamida Begum

Hamida Begum Photo location: Jessore, Bangladesh I never thought even in my worst dreams that I would have to leave my land and move to Dhaka – but this is what I am about to do. But what we want is never always that which happens. I don’t know how I will live there in one restricted tiny room after living in
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Hamida Begum

Hamida Begum Photo location:  Gabura, Sathkhira, Bangladesh She doesn’t go to school anymore. For us, collecting water is more important than going to school now. We old people used to go to school but this new generation is becoming uneducated. But you know ; education only helps when you don’t have to suffer for basic needs like
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Khairul Mia

Khairul Mia Photo location: Shamnagar, Sathkhira, Bangladesh I was a hawker of girls cosmetics in our village and married a beautiful happy girl who I fell in love with the first day I saw her. Twenty years before we were married she used to be one of my regular customers. She fell in love with me unconditionally and married
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Kala Chan

  Kala Chan (100 years old) Photo location: Sariya kandi, Bogura, Bangladesh I was the owner of 116 bighas of land in our village beside the beautiful river Ganga. Every year we face greater erosion. One hundred bighas of my land is now under water and I divided 16 bighas of land between my eight children.  We have lost our home 14
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Shaha Ali

Shaha Ali Photo location: Sariya kandi, Bogura, Bangladesh I poured my sweat and blood into building my house. I did it with my own hands. My wife and I worked hard every day so that we could make a home where we dreamed we could see out our daysl. Our children grew up there just like in our dreams. After so many years, one day
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Hasina Begum

Hasina Begum Photo location: Bramanbaria , Bangladesh A thousand words are not enough to describe my life and what I have been facing in this cursed land. We were born with the fate of victims. God gave cursed lives to those who were born in these northern coastal areas near the Sundarbans. He gave us nothing except sorrow and distress.  We live on government land. Every year, over and over again, a cyclone sweeps away everything that we were trying to build through the
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Bilkis Begum

Bilkis Begum Photo location: Sariya kandi, Bogura, Bangladesh Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. I am Bilkis and come from a slum in Dhaka city. I used to work in a factory with my husband. I fell in love with him and I fled here with him eight years ago. For the last eight years I have seen a very different
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Salina Begum

Salina Begum Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh We came to Dhaka from Gabura, Munshiganj, in the Sathkhira area two months ago and now we are living on the streets. There was nothing left in our area except hunger and uncertain livelihoods – we were surrounded by salty water and drought ravaged lands. In order to come here, I had to I had to sell my only pair
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Hasina Begum

Hasina Begum Photo location: Bramanbaria, Bangladesh I can’t make you understand what a big sin I have committed. I don’t know if Allah will forgive me or not but I am sure my child will not forgive me. My family members will not forgive me as I can’t forgive myself. I had to sell my 6-year-old son to a man in order to survive with my other two
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