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Outside Chobi Mela VI: One Twin At a Bridge in Dhanmondi

January 25, 2011 1 comment

There are two twin brother beggars in Dhaka. They are well known due to the severity of their medical condition. Which I cannot recall, it is a respiratory disease. It is not TB. Both twins are bone thin, literally. A most hard scene to look at. They beg the streets of Dhanmondi, very often near the mosque. It is often a sad site as one sees the first and then shortly after you may find the second.

Begging in Dhaka is a controversial human situation. There are thousands of them, some say perhaps 50,000. Many believe the beggars are purposely mutilated by mafias. Others believe some of them to be even rich. I have a friend who claims he knows a beggar with a three story house in Dhaka. Yet, many give and believe they are doing the proper thing. Finally then there are those that in Bangladesh, like in so many other places, believe it is compassionate to give and that is what Mohammed spoke of.

Here lies one of the twins, on a famous bridge in Dhanmondi, under a torrential rainfall whom everyone scattered from. He remained and so did I, and I paid him. Yes, i paid him.

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Outside Chobi Mela VI: at General Hospital

January 23, 2011 1 comment

As Chobi Mela VI continues in Dhaka, we here present a visual series of images of the mass urbanization occurring in Dhaka and its consequences.

The daughter and daughter-in-law of a woman pour bottled water for her to drink, as she lies ill in the corridor of the general hospital of Dhaka, with meningitis. She lies on the floor because the hospital, built by the British during colonial rule, now lies poorly kept to deal with the current overpopulation in the city. Hundreds of people lie in corridors, on balconies, under stairs and in exits awaiting treatment or being treated for days in these conditions.

Outside Chobi Mela VI: Dhaka Sleepers

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Dhaka; Sleeper 05; Chobi Mela VI; Now in Dhaka go!

As Chobi Mela VIcontinues in Dhaka, we here present a visual series of images of the mas urbanization occurring in Dhaka and its consequences.

Hundreds of thousands of people sleep every night on the streets of Dhaka. They are not homeless. Well they are when the live and work in Dhaka. They come to the city for three, maybe four days and work until the have enough money to go home

Dhaka; Sleeper 07; Chobi Mela VI; Now in Dhaka go!

 

Dhaka Mega City Post #10: No Need to go to Hell Just Come to Hazaribag.

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Over the years the government agencies in Dhaka have shown little responsibility in controlling and even measuring industrial pollution in the city that is dumped indiscriminately into the Buriganga river. The Department of Environment has little knowledge of how many industries treat their residues. According to the World Bank and the Institute of Water Modelling, over 300 various effluent discharge outlets from nine major industrial clusters fall into the Buriganga. Nineteen of these outlets carry the major discharge of domestic and industrial waste. Of the discharged untreated liquid waste, 61 percent are industrial and 39 percent domestic waste.

The primary estimates showed that nearly 330,000 kilograms of BOD is discharged from various polluting sources every day in Dhaka’s watershed. Over the last 10 years major industrialisation in Dhaka, especially in dyeing, washing and textiles sectors has abused the river’s watershed. It is estimated that there are over 7,000 industries in Dhaka metropolis located in three clusters: Hazaribagh, Tejgaon and DND area. According to statistics from Department of the Environment, the number of polluting dyeing mills is 365, tanneries 198, pharmaceutical units 149, engineering workshops 129, chemicals and pesticide factories 118, jute mills 92, rubber and plastic units 63, food and sugar 38, paper and pulp 10, cement and fertilisers five each and distilleries four.

Dhaka Mega City Post #12: “Give me some coins, I am hungry. God will bless you.”

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The Beggars of Dhaka City:

The seedy Bangladesh capital Dhaka is home to at least 50,000 beggars, according to municipal officials. The numbers are going up every day with more homeless, jobless people flooding into the city. In fact the 50,000 beggars support a much bigger population by providing indirect livelihood. Beggars give a portion of their income to people whosecure a place for them beside a road or under a leafy tree.

The Un-Imposed Law
In April 2009 the government of Bangladesh banned beggars. With a law approved in an open vote, the parliament decided that anyone who asks for charity in public, or displays handicaps or mutilations in order to obtain money, will be punished with three months in prison.

Dhaka Mega City Post #2: Health and Traffic

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

A woman lies on the floor of the overcrowded and understaffed Dhaka Medical College having escaped uninjured from a traffic accident only to the step out of her car and be hit by another car injuring her head. Her husband, son, mother and a relative surround her, a common circumstance, making hospital conditions ever more difficult and overcrowded. Estimates of Dhaka’s population have reached nearly 15 million.