A Working Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh


Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations in the world. Despite considerable international assistance, the quality of life there remains significantly lower than in neighboring India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Although many urban residents enjoy access to electricity, gas, and clean water supplies, it is estimated that over 80% of the population in Dhaka is living below poverty levels. A significant number of people still live in squalor, with severely limited access to healthcare and other vital resources. Their homes are often destroyed during the monsoon season.

Generally ignored by the rest of the world until natural disaster strikes, Bangladesh has operated under the international radar. It has one of the worst track records for child labor and child prostitution, as well as lax political and environmental guidelines. Numerous countries take advantage of the cheap labor source, and also dispose of their toxic waste in Bangladesh. This ongoing series of photographs captures the daily lives of regular people living in Dhaka.

— Larry Louie

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