RUST AND SWEAT

  • Photographer
    Mauro De Bettio
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Date of Photograph
    February 2017

Char Kaliganj in Dhaka, slum and home to one of the largest shipyards of Asia. A city made by giant skeletons of old ships which employ around 15 thousands souls that work to both break down massive shipping vessels as well as create new ships from the parts. The age of labourers ranges from 8 to 80 and they all work together. The work is hard, crude, dirty and dangerous but it gives thousands of them employment and wages to feed their families. Children are missing out on formal education but there aren’t any other options other than work for money and help their family. “We were born here and we work in this place on a daily basis. There are no days off or holidays and sometimes we miss school and our friends but it is our job to help and take care of our family and we're proud we can help them".

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