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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.

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.”

Âme

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

beach days out

naturally scenic and surrounded by hills,river and sea chittagong is one of the fastest growing city in the world.Levelled as port city,chittagong, with the burden of its ever-growing population, lacks not only crucial utility services but also recreation sites such as, natural parks and playgrounds, which are considered beneficial to the physical and mental health and quality of life. However, pressure of mass migration coupled with the decades of unplanned urbanization has made the city totally a space-starved city. Both landlords and developers spare no space on their land for a garden or a playground.Patenga sea beach remains one of the most top rated spot for people to hang out and recreation with less facilities.2

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Rikshaw has always been a great fascination throughout my life. It begins since my childhood when I’ve started school and rickshaw was the only transportation.

Jibon. Luk Mia, Ful Mia, Ratan,  Murshed (Rickshaw driver) were my childhood hero  and my childhood dream was to become a Rckshawala. Obviously it didn’t happen but my fascination for rickshaw has never fades away. Like many other Bengali, rickshaw ride is the best ride in whole world for me. I miss rickshaw ride more than anything if I go abroad.

I wonder how rickshaw wheel driving our economy silently. Rickshaw provides major portion of employment throughout the country. It is almost an automatic choice for most of the people that unable to get another job in Bangladesh.

From last one year I am developing my visual diary as a passenger of rickshaw wherever I visit by rickshaw as my daily life activities.


This journey will continue with love in the deshi streets in every season.

The Kivus : Goma airport

Magnum nominee Michael Christopher Brown, who will be on a panel at the Magnum Symposium in Austin at the end of this month, recently uploaded a more extensive edit of his Congo project, “The Kivus,” to the Magnum archive. One of several essays within this Kivus project, about children playing on abandoned planes at the Goma Airport, was made during one late afternoon. At that time, due to fighting between FARDC (Congolese government Army) and M23 (rebel) forces, no security force nor the UN was stationed at the airport. The next day Michael returned, hoping for more pictures, but the door had closed and he was nearly arrested by security officers.

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CONGO. Goma. December 14, 2012. Abandoned planes are a common site at airports in Africa. At Goma Airport, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, planes left due to wars and volcanic eruptions over the past two decades have become a playground for street children, some of whom sell the parts which are made into stoves and other items to be sold on the streets of Goma.

One is generally prohibited from photographing this airport but in mid-December, 2012, after the M23 rebel force which occupied Goma left and before the FARDC (military of the D.R.C.) returned to the city, a security vacuum meant that nobody was guarding this section of the airport. Children guided me through the planes, which were later discussed by my Congolese fixer:

“In January of 2002, the volcano (Nyiragongo, just outside Goma) exploded and the lava blocked the planes. I helped move this plane after I and many of my friends living near the airport lost our homes to lava, on the first day of the eruption. On the second day, we saw the lava moving towards the planes. I and others were just watching the lava flow getting closer to the planes and we decided to move one of them, this newer one. There were at least a hundred people there pushing the plane for about 300 meters. A friend mine, who was there and whose house was also destroyed, had a childhood dream to be a pilot. But his parents were too poor and all the schools were expensive, so he could not hold onto that dream. He forgot about it, but then on that day, when we needed to move the plane, he told me to help him inside so he might steer it! We all pushed the plane as my friend waved his arm out the window, in the cockpit. We then climbed in the plane and saw the lava flowing down the volcano and into town.”

The Guitarist

More than 40 shops involves in photography services for tourist at Patenga sea beach in Chittagong.around 150 unskilled photographers take photographs with compact digital camera at 20 taka apiece for a 4×6 print.photographers and owner of those shops involved with this business are very disappointed as the business declined sharply due to cell phone camera and digital camera that most of the visitors carry.Beach photographers trying to adopt the situation and using different props for tourist to make them interested to take photographs by the beach photographers.hats,sunglasses and guitar are most popular props.almost everybody like to take photographs with guitar,so there are almost 50-60 guitar(some of it without strings) at patenga beach that every beach photographer carries to their back and approach to the tourist for take photographs