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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Ashma Begum

Ashma Begum Photo location: Chilmary, Bangladesh After the flood, I lost my house for the sixth time because the river eroded. I sold my cattle and everything I had in order to rebuild my shelter last year. This year there was another devastating flood which destroyed my house again, and now staying here is another nightmare. I have no
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Fatema Begum

Fatema Begum Photo location: Voirob , Bangladesh I have no one. I am alone in this world now. For the last 10 years I have been living alone only remembering that day. For my one and only wrong decision, I lost my whole family in the horrifying 15 November Cyclone Sidr. I don’t know what I should call it – good luck or bad
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Parvin Akter

Parvin Akter Photo location:  Ashuganj, Bangladesh We have been born with the fate of uncertainty. Every year we live, we live with the power of our fate. As each year passes by and we count ourselves fortunate; we count each new breath as good luck. The year of Cyclone Aila in 2009 was the curse of my life. We lost the only tree over our head. I
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Nurjahan Begum

Nurjahan Begum Photo location: Narayanganj, Bangladesh When danger comes, it comes in every conceivable way. Who would have thought that we would have to work here in this dirty dump yard? Fate has dragged me here. I am from a respectable family. Women of our family never used to work outside of the home ever. Now I work here with my whole family. After cyclone Sidr, we were trying
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Arif

  Arif Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh For the last five years I have been working in this factory with my father. There is a lot of noise, and a lot of chemicals and dust that makes my work very difficult. It’s a kind of hell full of loud disturbing sounds, fiery heat and clouds of toxic dust. But this is the only work we have in this area.
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Ruby Begum

Ruby Begum Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh I have always known that ‘water is life’ but this water has been killing us for the last 10 years. This water never gives us any peace. I am from a coastal village. We moved here because of yearly river erosion. If there is a fire in your house, only the house gets burned; the land remains.  But when
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