The Last Savings


  • Photographer
    Mohammad Rakibul Hasan
  • Prize
    2nd Place / Deeper Perspective/Deeper Perspective
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Catherine Edelman Beautiful photographs about a very important and devastating situation.

  • Company/Studio
    Redux Pictures
  • University/School
    International Center of Photography (ICP), USA
  • Date of Photograph
    2020

The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of global economic devastation caused by Covid-19 has already declared as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the Second World War. The number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. For Bangladesh it has become a human and food crisis catastrophe both. The sufferings of approximately 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka city are multiplying due to fall in income and price hike of consumer goods.

Story

The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of global economic devastation caused by Covid-19 has already declared as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the Second World War. The number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. For Bangladesh it has become a human and food crisis catastrophe both. House maid Hamida Begum who is now out of work said, “We only have forty Taka at home. We have to drink poison, if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” The sufferings of approximately 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka city are multiplying due to fall in income and price hike of consumer goods. There is hardly any food supply left in low income people’s houses, let alone ensuring cleanliness. Most slum dwellers living in different parts of the capital no longer worrying about the virus and its infection but what worries them is hunger as they cannot go out for work. Their empty food storage and remaining little food supply cannot save them from starvation and hunger in coming days. Majority of the slumdwellers are climate migrants. And a great number of families are led by women. Main income for women is working as house maid and textile work. As the slum is located near affluent neighborhood women living in slum easily get job as house maid and can earn around 5000 Taka to 8000 Taka. Before lockdown they all were earning their living. But due to lock down a great number of women lost their job and passing days without food or little food. Men usually work as rickshaw driver or van driver.

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