As there are no other water sources, villagers buy water from the remote Mariyala area for drinking and cooking purposes in Hajrakhali. They spend BDT 15 for every pot of water (one-pot = 8-10 litres), BDT 10 for the boat fares to cross the river, and ...
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Rebuilding castles in the sand

On the night of May 19, 2020, just three days before the Eid-ul-Fitr, most of the residents slept peacefully in their tiny mud houses resided in Ward No. 6, Hajrakhali, Sreeula, Ashashuni, Satkhira.

Reshma (18) smiling outside her house. She has been blind since birth. Her mother is her guardian. Though she is blind, she wants to know what her mother and other things look like. So, she asks people to describe things to her. Now she can wave ‘Pati ...
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Cyclone and life: Reshma

“When I hear the massive sounds of the storm or cyclone, I get terrified. I am blind but not deaf. I can hear people screaming, things falling apart."

Kohinoor Khatun (42) with her daughters and grandchildren outside their house in Gabura, Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Khulna, Bangladesh. February 26, 2021
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Battling with climate change

Almost one-third of the total population in Bangladesh living in the coastal belts meaning the disaster-prone region are directly or indirectly affected by devastating climate impact such as coastal floods, river-bank erosion, salinity, cyclones, etc.

Bilkis (35) cleans a wooden boat owned by her husband. Her husband uses it for fishing and travelling purposes. Ward no. 9, Mora, Closure, Gabura, Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh. February 26 2021.
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The never-ending burden

In 2009, when Cyclone Aila hit the area, Rojina Begum (24) was merely a child. As she recalls, “That was the last year I attended school. We lost most of our land, and our house broke down. 

Khushnahar (24) and her family suffer severely from the water crisis and every day they have to go 4-5 times down a rocky path to collect drinking water from the only small well in Barek Tila, Tahirpur-Sunamganj, Bangladesh. March 2021
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Long precarious walks for water

Barek Tila is located in Tahirpur Upazila of Sunamganj district, at the border of Bangladesh and India.

Md. Rajab Ali (65) works on his crop field in the Tahirpur Border area, Sunamganj, Bangladesh. 17 February 2021
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Crops, climate and crisis

In recent years, the amount of yearly rainfall has increased by almost three times in the villages resided at Tahirpur Border area, Sunamganj, Sylhet.

Portrait of Mst. Sharifa (35), who is a climate migrant from Jamalpur, inside her house in Outfhol Pora Basti (slum), Jatrabari, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Story of displacement

To make ends meet, Mst. Sharifa (40) works as a day labourer at a roadside brickfield earning a daily wage of 350 Taka. With such insignificant income, she has to take care of three of her children.