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People crossing flooded road at a village in Ramu. around two lakh people in Cox'sbazar are marooned in floodwater due to incessant rain for the last couple of days.although the heavy rain stopped on 28 June 2015,but people of the coastal upazilas Ramu, Pekua,Maheshkhali and chakaria have been suffering immensely.Many staying at flood shelters.Around 80 percent area of Ramu and Pekua upazilas went under water.Five,out of 10 unions,in Coxbazar Sadar upazila have been flooded.some 21 people were reportedly killed in rain-included incidents in the district till saturday.

People crossing flooded road at a village in Ramu.
around two lakh people in Cox’sbazar are marooned in floodwater due to incessant rain for the last couple of days.although the heavy rain stopped on 28 June 2015,but people of the coastal upazilas Ramu, Pekua,Maheshkhali and chakaria have been suffering immensely.Many staying at flood shelters.Around 80 percent area of Ramu and Pekua upazilas went under water.Five,out of 10 unions,in Coxbazar Sadar upazila have been flooded.some 21 people were reportedly killed in rain-included incidents in the district till saturday.

Nur Hossain 20,take a short nap on a underconstruction site in Chaktai,Chittagong during scortching heat wave.He is caretaker of that underconstruction building.

Nur Hossain 20,take a short nap on a underconstruction site in Chaktai,Chittagong during scortching heat wave.He is caretaker of that underconstruction building.

Those workers sleeping in their basket which they use for carrying goods in Karwan bazaar. Hundreds of people live in busy street’s footpath that is extremely dangerous. Moving vehicle easily can take their life. People migrating from village to mega city like Dhaka and Chittagong for a better living. Centralization of everything in mega city, Poverty, flood, cyclone, river erosion, drought like natural Calamity and lake of job opportunity drives people in big city. But yet the move shows them harsh reality in city life. They find themselves in floating at big city. Food crisis, place for live, water, sanitation, job opportunity makes their life Even harder in city life. Most of them live in streets slums of rail track where life is so miserable. They faces all kinds of difficulty living in those slums. No pure water For drink and bath, sanitation and polluted environment makes people Hard to stay in city for their livelyhood.

Those workers sleeping in their basket which they use for carrying goods in Karwan bazaar. Hundreds of people live in busy street’s footpath that is extremely dangerous.
Moving vehicle easily can take their life.
People migrating from village to mega city like Dhaka and Chittagong
for a better living. Centralization of everything in mega city,
Poverty, flood, cyclone, river erosion, drought like natural
Calamity and lake of job opportunity drives people in big city.
But yet the move shows them harsh reality in city life.
They find themselves in floating at big city.
Food crisis, place for live, water, sanitation, job opportunity makes their life
Even harder in city life.
Most of them live in streets slums of rail track where life is so miserable.
They faces all kinds of difficulty living in those slums. No pure water
For drink and bath, sanitation and polluted environment makes people
Hard to stay in city for their livelyhood.

A boy crossing water in an inudated road during a heavy tidal surge in Chittagong,Bangladesh. Scientist predicted that most of the coastal area of Bangladesh will be submerged under water by the year 2050. , it is very concerning that it could happen before the timeline.. Chittagong city experiencing heavy tidal surge these days quite often. The old part of the city Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad are worst effected places. Chaktai and Khatunganj are the core of business of the country is in great danger to extinct under water in recent future. The tidal surge of 8th October 2010 causes huge loss of almost every shops in Chaktai and Khatungoj, when tidal surge water entered and damages goods kept inside. Business community of Chaktai and Khatunganj fears they might have to shift their business from the area if tidal surge continue to hit their business like this. Millions of people living in those areas now have to fight with tidal surge sometimes twice a day. Many resident of the area said they only witnessed tidal surge in 1991 when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. But the tidal surge water of recent years rise more than that cyclone of 1991 and remains for couple of days causing great concern for the inhabitants.

People desperately trying to get the roof of the train during Eid vacation to reach their home risking their life.

Celestial Devotion - 4

It takes 15 months to four years to become a Hafiz (one who memorises the holy Quran) according to the merit of a student, says a mentor at ‘Tannjimul Muslemin Yatim and Hafiz Khana’, an orphanage and Islamic school, situated by the famous Hazrat Shah Amanat Shrine in Chittagong. It claims to have mentored thousands of Hafiz since its establishment in 1970.

Here, over 200 students share the same wooden bench for eating, sleeping and studying – and all share a single washroom. Orphans and the homeless receive free food, shelter and education here, and can be admitted to another madrassa or high school later. Lessons begin right after fajr (dawn) prayer up to dinner, with two short breaks for supper and chores. Without any playgrounds outside, students usually stay indoors and play games.

According to UN statistics, six million students are enrolled in the madrassa system in Bangladesh, which has the second-largest religious school system in the world. With an illiteracy rate of 48 percent in the country, Bangladesh’s madrassas have provided educational opportunities for the poor, and recently, for girls as well. According to a World Bank study, madrassas have helped to achieve some of UN’s development goals, such as improving equality between boys and girls in schools.

 

The last day of Bengali year is observed all over rural Bangladesh as “Charak Puja”, a carnival where people arrange village fair and rituals. The believers of the Hindu religion celebrate this day to carry prosperity and to forget the grief and sufferings of the previous year. Also known as "Nil Puja", it is a celebration to satisfy "Lord Shiva". The arrangement starts from village to village to procure the necessary components like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, money and other items with the arranged cosmetics such as Shiva, Parvati and Narod. The cosmetic Shiva is locally called "Nil Pagol" or "JalKatha". On midnight, the worshippers are gathered together to worship the God and after Puja the "Prosad" is distributed.

The last day of Bengali year is observed all over rural Bangladesh as “Charak Puja”, a carnival where people arrange village fair and rituals. The believers of the Hindu religion celebrate this day to carry prosperity and to forget the grief and sufferings of the previous year. Also known as “Nil Puja”, it is a celebration to satisfy “Lord Shiva”.
The arrangement starts from village to village to procure the necessary components like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, money and other items with the arranged cosmetics such as Shiva, Parvati and Narod. The cosmetic Shiva is locally called “Nil Pagol” or “JalKatha”.
On midnight, the worshippers are gathered together to worship the God and after Puja the “Prosad” is distributed.

A young Mro women preparing grain in a remote Mro village in Bandarban. Tribal people of hill tracts cultivate Jhum in the stiff hills only one season. After harvesting, they collect and stock the grain for the whole year for their family.

A young Mro women preparing grain in a remote Mro village in Bandarban. Tribal people of hill tracts cultivate Jhum in the stiff hills only one season.
After harvesting, they collect and stock the grain for the whole year for their family.

jute monster         A man carrying piles of Jute from boat to deliver at a jute market in Kurigram.

Monsoon arrived heavily after scorching heat wave around the country.In last 24 hour more than 100 milimeter rain recorded in different parts of the country.

Monsoon arrived heavily after scorching heat wave around the country.In last 24 hour more than 100 milimeter rain recorded in different parts of the country.

Laborers pictured trying to protect their goods from monsoon rains with plastic while loading it onto a truck at Chaktai, Chittagong. -- Heavy monsoon rain disrupted normal life daily life in Chittagong. Many were forced to use plastic sheeting to protect their goods from the downpour. A heavy monsooon rain from early yesterday submerged many areas in the port city with knee-deep water, causing misery for locals. The city's low-lying areas -- Bakalia, Chaktai,Chawkbazar, Agrabad, Halishahar, Kapasgola, Shulak Bahar and Bahaddarhat -- went under water. People in these areas suffered for hours due to water-logging. main business hub chaktai and khatungonj also affected by heavy downpour.normal business and activities disrupted for heavy monsoon rain.

Laborers pictured trying to protect their goods from monsoon rains with plastic while loading it onto a truck at Chaktai, Chittagong. — Heavy monsoon rain disrupted normal life daily life in Chittagong. Many were forced to use plastic sheeting to protect their goods from the downpour.
A heavy monsooon rain from early yesterday submerged many areas in the port city with knee-deep water, causing misery for locals.
The city’s low-lying areas — Bakalia, Chaktai,Chawkbazar, Agrabad, Halishahar, Kapasgola, Shulak Bahar and Bahaddarhat — went under water. People in these areas suffered for hours due to water-logging.
main business hub chaktai and khatungonj also affected by heavy downpour.normal business and activities disrupted for heavy monsoon rain.

risky journeyPeople desperately trying to get the roof of the train during Eid vacation to reach their home risking their life.

A family watching TV in an inundated house and waits for water to recede during a tidal flood in Chittagong. In the past few years, Tidal surge – sea levels rising significantly has begun to affect the Chittagong city estimated population of 6.5 million, resulting in frequent flooding of residential and business areas. If things continue to worsen, most area of Chittagong could become completely submerged in the near future and million will be climate refugee. A World Bank study that was released June 19,2013 forecasts a two degrees Celsius rise in the world’s average temperature in the next decades. Flood affected areas could increase by as much as 29 percent for a 2.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise in Bangladesh, says the report. Considering the present warming trends, the reports warns that even 20 to 30 years from now shifting rain patterns could leave some areas of the country under water, If the sea level rises 65 cm in 2080,around 40 percent arable land will be lost in southern Bangladesh, it notes about 20 million people in the coastal areas are affected by salinity and will be climate refugee. Chittagong is often regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh.

A family watching TV in an inundated house and waits for water to recede during a tidal flood in Chittagong.
In the past few years, Tidal surge – sea levels rising significantly has begun to affect the Chittagong city estimated population of 6.5 million, resulting in frequent flooding of residential and business areas.
If things continue to worsen, most area of Chittagong could become completely submerged in the near future and million will be climate refugee.
A World Bank study that was released June 19,2013 forecasts a two degrees Celsius rise in the world’s average temperature in the next decades.
Flood affected areas could increase by as much as 29 percent for a 2.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise in Bangladesh, says the report. Considering the present warming trends, the reports warns that even 20 to 30 years from now shifting rain patterns could leave some areas of the country under water, If the sea level rises 65 cm in 2080,around 40 percent arable land will be lost in southern Bangladesh, it notes about 20 million people in the coastal areas are affected by salinity and will be climate refugee.
Chittagong is often regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh.

Firefighters desperately try to extinguish the fire raging through garment factories at Asadgonj in Chittagong. The two garment factories Apollo and Angelic housed in the five storied building situated in the business hub of Chittagong were entirely burned to the ground. No casualty has been reported as yet since the locals and the firefighters have managed to tactically rescue the garment workers (mostly women) with ladders. In the process of delivering goods to the buyer the fire affected garment factory owners estimate uncountable loss of property and products. Chittagong, Bangladesh. November 24 2008 Fire Service and Civil Defense is a department working for all kind of rescue missions in Bangladesh including fire safety, safety during air raids and any kind of disaster. There are nearly 6,500 people working in the FS & CD, Bangladesh. There are more than 150 stations, some first class having a Senior Station officer, more manpower and cars, the rest are second class having a station officer and less manpower. There are only 5 river stations in a country where flows 230 rivers. Every year fire destroys many houses, slum and factories around the country. Loss of human life and property loss by fire is occurred often. Lake of proper instrument, gear and training facilities is the main obstacle of Fire department in Bangladesh.

Firefighters desperately try to extinguish the fire raging through garment factories at Asadgonj in Chittagong. The two garment factories Apollo and Angelic housed in the five storied building situated in the business hub of Chittagong were entirely burned to the ground. No casualty has been reported as yet since the locals and the firefighters have managed to tactically rescue the garment workers (mostly women) with ladders. In the process of delivering goods to the buyer the fire affected garment factory owners estimate uncountable loss of property and products. Chittagong, Bangladesh. November 24 2008 Fire Service and Civil Defense is a department working for all kind of rescue missions in Bangladesh including fire safety, safety during air raids and any kind of disaster. There are nearly 6,500 people working in the FS & CD, Bangladesh. There are more than 150 stations, some first class having a Senior Station officer, more manpower and cars, the rest are second class having a station officer and less manpower. There are only 5 river stations in a country where flows 230 rivers. Every year fire destroys many houses, slum and factories around the country. Loss of human life and property loss by fire is occurred often. Lake of proper instrument, gear and training facilities is the main obstacle of Fire department in Bangladesh.

Mintoo(40),sits on sofa when his house inundated by tidal flood in Chittagong. My family and me are greatly affected by the tidal flood from last several years regularly. Our lush green home yard at Chaktai, which is situated in the heart of the city of Chittagong goes under tidal water often these days.We had to raise it up with concrete floor more than 2 feet as a protection from tidal water. Ground floor of my house also had to raise higher to save household stuffs from water. If the sea level keeps increasing, I could lose my roots. With all my childhood memories along with my photographs, I am portraying a city that I am deeply connected with – and the suffering that experienced along with its inhabitants. The effects of climate change – rising sea level and sea surface temperature, emission of carbon by first world country, deforestation, global warming – have brought a sudden vulnerability to the lives and livelihoods of people living in Chittagong city and coastal areas of Bangladesh. The most heavily effected places are heart of Chittagong city, like Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad. If things continue to worsen, the business hubs of Chaktai and Khatunganj could become submerged in near future. Chittagong is often regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh. Estimated population of the city is more than 6.5 million and it is considered the second largest city in the country. The Port of Chittagong is an important driver of the Bangladeshi economy, handling over 90% of the country's international trade. The millions of people living in these areas have to battle tidal flood sometimes twice a day. Prior to this sudden regularity, the only tidal surge in remembered history occurred during 1991, when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. The new, frequent floods are quite alarming they rise even higher than before and continue to stay for days, causing great disquiet for the inhabitants. Locals such

Mintoo(40),sits on sofa when his house inundated by tidal flood in Chittagong.
My family and me are greatly affected by the tidal flood from last several years regularly. Our lush green home yard at Chaktai, which is situated in the heart of the city of Chittagong goes under tidal water often these days.We had to raise it up with concrete floor more than 2 feet as a protection from tidal water.
Ground floor of my house also had to raise higher to save household stuffs from water. If the sea level keeps increasing, I could lose my roots. With all my childhood memories along with my photographs, I am portraying a city that I am deeply connected with – and the suffering that experienced along with its inhabitants.
The effects of climate change – rising sea level and sea surface temperature, emission of carbon by first world country, deforestation, global warming – have brought a sudden vulnerability to the lives and livelihoods of people living in Chittagong city and coastal areas of Bangladesh.
The most heavily effected places are heart of Chittagong city, like Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad. If things continue to worsen, the business hubs of Chaktai and Khatunganj could become submerged in near future.
Chittagong is often regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh.
Estimated population of the city is more than 6.5 million and it is considered the second largest city in the country.
The Port of Chittagong is an important driver of the Bangladeshi economy, handling over 90% of the country’s international trade.
The millions of people living in these areas have to battle tidal flood sometimes twice a day. Prior to this sudden regularity, the only tidal surge in remembered history occurred during 1991, when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. The new, frequent floods are quite alarming they rise even higher than before and continue to stay for days, causing great disquiet for the inhabitants.
Locals such

A boy crossing water in an inudated road during a heavy tidal surge in Chittagong,Bangladesh. Scientist predicted that most of the coastal area of Bangladesh will be submerged under water by the year 2050. , it is very concerning that it could happen before the timeline.. Chittagong city experiencing heavy tidal surge these days quite often. The old part of the city Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad are worst effected places. Chaktai and Khatunganj are the core of business of the country is in great danger to extinct under water in recent future. The tidal surge of 8th October 2010 causes huge loss of almost every shops in Chaktai and Khatungoj, when tidal surge water entered and damages goods kept inside. Business community of Chaktai and Khatunganj fears they might have to shift their business from the area if tidal surge continue to hit their business like this. Millions of people living in those areas now have to fight with tidal surge sometimes twice a day. Many resident of the area said they only witnessed tidal surge in 1991 when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. But the tidal surge water of recent years rise more than that cyclone of 1991 and remains for couple of days causing great concern for the inhabitants.

A boy crossing water in an inudated road during a heavy tidal surge in Chittagong,Bangladesh.
Scientist predicted that most of the coastal area of Bangladesh will be submerged under water by the year 2050. , it is very concerning that it could happen before the timeline.. Chittagong city experiencing heavy tidal surge these days quite often. The old part of the city Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad are worst effected places.
Chaktai and Khatunganj are the core of business of the country is in great danger to extinct under water in recent future.
The tidal surge of 8th October 2010 causes huge loss of almost every shops in Chaktai and Khatungoj, when tidal surge water entered and damages goods kept inside.
Business community of Chaktai and Khatunganj fears they might have to shift their business from the area if tidal surge continue to hit their business like this.
Millions of people living in those areas now have to fight with tidal surge sometimes twice a day. Many resident of the area said they only witnessed tidal surge in 1991 when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. But the tidal surge water of recent years rise more than that cyclone of 1991 and remains for couple of days causing great concern for the inhabitants.

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Charak Puja at Aspect Ratio Magazine

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Jashim Salam’s work revolves around topics that are relevant to his country and its people.This young photojournalist calls himself a story-teller who conveys his message mostly through photographs. Story of Charak Puja, which literally translates as ‘Wheel Worship’, is of an annual folk festival that falls in March each year, marking the last day of Bengali year and is observed by the followers of Hindu religion all over rural Bangladesh.

‘The power to capture the essence of life, human emotions and the story that leads to these emotions persuaded me to take-up photojournalism and documentary photography. It need not be any intense topic. Anything subtle, or what many might even think of as trivial, but daily life manifesting emotions capable of engaging an audience, is enough incentive for me to go ahead and capture the story and represent my country, which I remain immensely proud of,’ says Jashim Salam. ‘I document my own culture, heritage and festivals along with other social issues. Charak Puja is one of the most ancient religious festivals that is still celebrated in some rural villages of Bangladesh. It is slowly losing its grandeur in modern-day society. I am afraid that in coming years this too will disappear, like many other religious celebrations, taking with it our cultural past.’

‘The year, according to Bengali calendar, ends with Chaitra Songkranti. This is when people arrange village fairs and perform rituals, including forms of body piercing. A group of Hindu devotees perform these rituals. It is a folk festival celebrated in the Hindu community of some rural areas of Bangladesh and in some sections in India’s state of West Bengal. People come out to pray to Lord Shiva, and the offering which are collected from all the surrounding villages are later distributed among the many gathered devotees,’ says Salam.

Jashim Salam is currently working on Water World, his personal project on climate change, and its effect, especially on urban settings, like his home city, Chittagong. ‘This is a very personal ongoing project as the tidal floods affect my family and my home regularly. The effects of climate change – rising sea-level and sea-surface temperature, carbon emissions by First World countries, deforestation, global warming  – have brought a sudden vulnerability to the lives and livelihoods of people living in Chittagong city and coastal areas of Bangladesh,’ says Salam. ‘Last several years, my family has been greatly affected by the tidal floods. Lately, our home, which is situated in the heart of the city of Chittagong, goes under tidal waters often. If the sea-level keeps increasing, I could lose my roots. With all my childhood memories along with my photographs, I am portraying a city that I am deeply connected with – and the suffering that experienced along with its inhabitants.’

Jashim Salam’s message to us all…..

‘Take your time to understand what makes you happy rather than tagging along with the hype around you. Patience is important. Happiness and success will follow.’

Charak Puja

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Jashim Salam is a documentary photographer based in Bangladesh.
Graduated in photography from Pathshala – The South Asian Media Institute.

He started his photographic career with DrikNEWS agency. He has since worked for New Age, an English daily of Bangladesh, Drik Picture Agency, Majority World, NUR Photo Agency Demotix and Corbis Images.

His work has been published in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines and publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, Lens Blog – New York Times, Reuters, National Geographic, SPIEGEL, Observer, New Internationalist, The Guardian, WIRED, Corbis, Reader’s Digest, Himal South Asian, Better Photography, The Climate Crisis, CNN, Photojournale, AP,ZUMA Press, SIPA Press, Garuda Indonesia magazine, Forum Magazine, Daily Star, New Age, Prothom Alo, New Nations and many others.

He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including, Jury’s special award in 6th Humanity Photo Awards in China, Emirates Photography award in UAE, Ian Parry scholarship in England, Fotovisura grant in USA, Mosco foto awards, YIPPA photojournalism award in Korea, FCCT photojournalism award in Thailand, IPA street photography award in Singapore, Asian Press Photo contest in China, 69th International Photographic Salon of Japan (Ashahi Shimbun) award, People and Planet award in Australia, CEDAW Photo award in U.S.A, CGAP microfinance photo award, International year of biodiversity award, Europe and Asia – dialogue of cultures photo award in Russia, Kuanas photo contest award, and the Garuda Indonesia International photo award.

His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide including Visa Pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France, The Photoville festival in New York, Atrium of the Town Hall, The Hague, Netherlands, Maison familiale Pro Juventute, Geneva, Switzerland, The Getty Images Gallery, London, Gallery of the French Alliance Foundation Paris, France.

http://jashimsalam.com

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STAR PEOPLE

A TALE OF PASSION

Jashim Salam’s Documentation Has Been Published In Various National And International Newspapers Such As The Sunday Times Magazine, Ny Times, New Internationalist, The Guardian, Reader’s Digest, Cnn, National Geographic, Reuters, Ap And Many More.

From being an English Major to a documentary photographer, Jashim Salam fought against all odds and became one of the most influential documentary photographers in Bangladesh. By winning awards such as the Emirates Photography award, the Ian Parry scholarship Fotovisura grant, the IPA Street Photography Award, the Asian Press Photo contest and the People and Planet award in Australia, he has definitely set the bar high for many.

Living in Chittagong, Jashim teaches photography in workshops and seminars for aspiring young photographers. He is also a regular on the jury boards of numerous photography contests in Bangladesh.

From a very early age Jashim has had a soft corner towards the arts. “I was always fascinated by the camera. I remember I used to volunteer when it came to taking pictures of my family, but I never knew that the camera would soon become my best friend,” says Jashim. After completing his MA in English, he got into the Photography Art Institute in Chittagong for a basic course in photography and soon was admitted into the Pathshala South Asian Media Academy for a diploma.

Taking up photography was not a walk in the park for Jashim. “When I told my family I wanted to take photography as my profession, they did not react well,” he says. “But after winning the 69th International Ashahi Shimbun award, their attitude changed and I was accepted as a photographer.”

Jashim Salam prefers to work in documentary. “I think this genre is the best way to keep in touch with people and capturing their moments,” says the photographer. His documentation has been published in various national and international newspapers such as The Sunday Times Magazine, NY Times, New Internationalist, The Guardian, Reader’s Digest, CNN, National Geographic, Reuters, AP and many more.

His work is inspired by many prominent photographers including Nasir Ali Mamun, Rashid Talukder, James Nachtwey, Raghu Rai, Joseph Kudelka and others. Right now he is working on a personal called ‘Water World’ which addresses the affects of climate change, tidal floods in urban settings, especially in Chittagong.

 

 

http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/star-people/tale-passion-78921

 

 

 

water world and interview at SPIEGEL

Flooded houses: life in waterPhotos
Jashim Salam

Jashim Salam photographed the residents of flooded houses in Bangladesh. His pictures show how man is exposed to the water masses – and the silent terror that triggers the disaster.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Salam, you photograph people in Bangladesh , whose homes are flooded on a regular basis – including in Chittagong City, your home town. What are the causes of these floods?

Salam: It started very slowly, five or six years ago.At that time, the water flooded for the first time in the homes and stayed a few days. This has been repeated every year from June to October. The monsoon brings a lot of rain at this time. In addition to the climate change. The water is rising year after year later.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How can the residents to protect themselves against the floods?

Salam: You try to back up a makeshift their homes. But most have no money and can not do much. I live with my parents, our house is constantly flooded. We provide the electrical equipment somewhere further up from where the water does not reach them.

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    Jashim Salam was born in 1978 in Chittagong City and is a documentary photographer from Bangladesh. He studied photography and worked for numerous newspapers and news agencies. His photographs are exhibited including France, China, Great Britain and the United States.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: That’s incredibly dangerous.

Salam: Yes, that’s it. A child has even received an electric shock and died.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What have the parents done?

Salam: The parents are very poor, who can not do much.

SP iegel ONLINE: How please?

Salam: The people who need to know that they do not get their due.They have many problems: They are poor, live in shacks and slums.Some do not even have beds in which they can sleep sleep directly on the floor. And when night comes the flood, then they wake up to the water. As long as it is on the ground, they can not sleep for a few days.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why no one protested and complained a help?

Salam: People do not come into their own, even if they protest. The government does not help, she says, the flood was not always there, only a few days. The politicians have apparently not yet realized how bad the situation really is.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: The water should be very dirty.

Salam: It is very dirty, it comes even from different regions, is often salty. People get rashes from it. My family and I, we are the last time also got sick. We had terrible diarrhea. The whole day routine changed.One has to protect his things and constantly clean everything again. The location is really very complicated.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why do not you pull away?

Salam: I’m born and raised in Chittagong. I know this place very well.We have very great fear of the future. I think we will eventually have to leave and go away the house. But we do not know where to go, the water penetrates even deeper into the city before. Here many offices and shops are flooded. In addition, more and more people come to the cities because they can not grow because of the salty water on the land.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Are you afraid that buildings collapse?

Salam: The water damaged the houses. But still no building is therefore collapsed. This probably needs to happen first, so that people really understand the seriousness of the situation.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How and what do you live in Bangladesh?

Salam: I’m a freelance photographer and may even live on, even though the jobs have declined lately.The magazines and newspapers are no longer willing to pay so much money for photographers as before. In the meantime, anyone can upload images in his network. Beyond that, I just wish I could protect our house better or build a new one. But that costs a lot of time and money. These tides make me just crazy.

 

 

water world and interview at SPIEGELhttp://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/bangladesch-jashim-salam-macht-fotos-von-flutopfern-a-996186.html

 

water world published in WIRED

Stirring Portraits of People Forced to Live in Flooded Homes

Every year, from June through October, Jashim Salam’s house in Chittagong, Bangladesh, floods. Not once, or twice, but five or six times—per month. It’s like that throughout the city, where several million people live alongside the sea. The water flows in from the Karnaphuli River, pushed beyond its banks by the rising tide of the Bay of Bengal.

This is a recent phenomenon, one many blame on climate change and rising seas coupled with the annual monsoon season. Residents have had to adapt and adjust to the enormous hardships of a life too often lived under water. Salam has been documenting just what it’s like for him and his neighbors. The photographer has produced two series about the flooding. Water World offers an intimate look at life in his neighborhood during a flood. Water World 2 is a powerful series of portraits of people standing in their homes, or in the streets of their communities, surrounded by water.

The portraits are meant to show just how absurd life has become. But it also offers a timeline of sorts. He’s photographed children who have grown up with the flooding and consider it, if not normal, than at least a regular thing. But subjects his age—Salam is 35—and older appreciate how radically their lives and communities have changed. His portraits are both beautiful and shocking. For most, the idea of living knee-deep in water for days on end is incomprehensible.

“It’s very annoying and the people are very fed up,” he says.

To cope, Salam raised the floors on his ground-level home and built walls and other barriers to keep the water at bay. Even so, it always finds a way in. It’s ruined his furniture, shut down his bathroom, and polluted his well, forcing him to boil his water or buy bottled water. Even with these precautions, his wife and their 8-year-old daughter were sickened by the last flood.

“I have been living here for almost 35 years and even my parents have never seen this kind of water level in the city,” Salam says. “If it goes on like this and the water level increase for the next couple of years, maybe I have to shift my own home because I can’t fight every day with flooding water.”

Still, Salam insists he’s luckier than some because he could afford beds tall enough to keep his family off the floor. Less fortunate families sleep on the ground, so when the water comes in they have nowhere to rest at night.

Although the photographer concedes he’s never run across a study directly linking the flooding to climate change, he cites a World Bank study that says Bangladesh will be among the countries most affected by rising temperatures and dwindling polar ice. People will have to contend with higher temperatures, stronger cyclones and rising seas that could wipe out 40 percent of the usable land in Southern Bangladesh by the 2080s. Salam discusses these issues with the people he photographs, hoping to raise awareness of the issue. Most people tend to blame the flooding on poor urban planning, which plays a role in the problem. But he wants them to know there are larger factors in play.

Eventually, Salam hopes to publish his work in a book and exhibit it internationally, perhaps in conjunction with similar projects. He knows the problems facing Bangladesh aren’t unique to the country, and wants to contribute to a growing conversation about how to prevent disasters like this in the future.

“We’re fed up with the flooding,” he says. “We can’t stay like this forever.”

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Âme a French word that means soul is a very personal ongoing project where I am trying to find my soul and where it belongs. In between people, friends, places and objects that matters to me. It is difficult to express what souls exactly try to find in lifetime or even after death. Does soul live forever? If so where it belongs? Does it keep coming back to those things that matter?
The small things, places, a simple voice or music, some faces, even quiet moment are very precious for me. The everyday life, smell, transport, backyard or in monsoon rain my venture will continue with the soul.

The aesthetics used here using double exposure in film for kind of eerie feeling as soul searching. The result of each image is as it is comes out straight from the camera.

ain’t no sunshine

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It’s been said that good things are transitory. Those good little things are so special and precious that even on your unprecedented painful agony it can sooths you more than anything in the world. Good things of life can’t be purchased or can’t be achieved with plan and effort. It gonna happen when it need to happen. Those precious things and moments surrounded by lots of problem and those problems come from nowhere. Like every rose has it’s throne, every precious things folded with danger and problem. But if one really adore rose, it doesn’t matter how many thrones shades blood.

I’ve been in another visual diary right in -front of our home during this winter.

Seems like the wonderful winter sun waits for me everyday to observe life around little ally with bursting rays. Now the winter is gone so does the sunshine where it was waiting for me. No matter how much I try, now it’s not coming back in the same place for me.

The life moves on around the ally and I am stranded in the same place without that precious little sunshine.

Hard to wait for another season to my sunshine back at same place as the ever changing urban landscape with so many problems might not allow it to burst in same place. But I’ll wait and see that’s for sure.

dust in the wind

 

 

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Just west of the Indian border, Jaflong is a township whose natural abundance is under threat. This rural area has the potential to be a dream destination for urban-weary tourists seeking the tranquil surroundings of lush forests and pristine waterfalls. But unfortunately, all is not well here. Over the past two decades, Jaflong’s landscape has been systematically destroyed. The vista that could have once come straight off an artist’s canvas is changing fast. Perhaps forever.

Boulders have become Jaflong’s blight. With more than a hundred stone-extracting and crushing companies operating in and around its perimeter, the entire area has turned into a huge stone quarry.The stone traders excavated both sides of the Piyain River but did not fill the holes they dug for stones.The stone crushing units in Jaflong have also been posing a serious threat to the environment and the workers who work at the industry.The stone crushers are being operated in populous areas in violation of the rules,

polluting the environment and posing a serious health risk.Locals said a lot of noise created by the stone crushers and the air pollution deter tourists from visiting the area.Respiratory diseases and headache are common among the labourers.

“According to the rules, stone crushers must use water in the machine to stop dust from spreading but only a few firms abide by the rules, said Zakir, owner of a crushing unit. Around 500 stone crushing mills have been operating in Jaflong .

The mining companies see Jaflong as an exploitable resource, rather than a scenic treasure and tourist’s hotspot.