Dhaka Life

The largest city in the country, Dhaka is Bangladesh’s chaotic capital. The economic heart of the country, the city is home to an estimated 12 million people, also making it one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Every year the city grows as Bangladesh’s rural population moves to the capital in search of higher wages, yet a estimated 34% of the population lives below the poverty line. This is a look at the life of the lower classes in what the Economist Intelligence Unit named the world’s most unliveable city for 2012.

A mother comforts her child at the Sadarghat ferry terminal.

A mother comforts her child at the Sadarghat ferry terminal.

Sleeping workers at the Mach Bazaar.

Sleeping workers at the Mach Bazaar.

A street boy bathes in the polluted Buriganga river.

A street boy bathes in the polluted Buriganga river.

A woman begs for money outside the Kamalapur railway station.

A woman begs for money outside the Kamalapur railway station.

A rickshaw driver in mid day traffic.

A rickshaw driver in mid day traffic.

A reflective moment near the Sadraghat ferry terminal.

A reflective moment near the Sadraghat ferry terminal.

A boy is caught in a rainstorm along the Buriganga river.

A boy is caught in a rainstorm along the Buriganga river.

A butcher prepares a leg of goat in Sadarghat.

A butcher prepares a leg of goat in Sadarghat.

The owner of a small tea stand in Sadargaht.

The owner of a small tea stand in Sadargaht.

A welder in the Dolai Khal metal working district.

A welder in the Dolai Khal metal working district.

Men take a break in an open air lumber mill alng the Buriganga river.

Men take a break in an open air lumber mill alng the Buriganga river.

A small pottery shop in Sadarghat.

A small pottery shop in Sadarghat.

A man cuts barrel lids from a section of a steel salvaged from a supertanker. Bangladesh has a large industry built around the scrapping of ships from around the world.

A man cuts barrel lids from a section of a steel salvaged from a supertanker. Bangladesh has a large industry built around the scrapping of ships from around the world.

Steel parts in a salvage shop in the the Dolai Khal metal district.

Steel parts in a salvage shop in the the Dolai Khal metal district.

Men work together to stack logs in a lumber mill along the Buriganga river.

Men work together to stack logs in a lumber mill along the Buriganga river.

An alley in Sadarghat.

An alley in Sadarghat.

A labourer takes a break from piling brick fragments at a construction site in Dolai Khal.

A labourer takes a break from piling brick fragments at a construction site in Dolai Khal.

A pipe vendor in the Dolai Khal metal working district.

A pipe vendor in the Dolai Khal metal working district.

Men bathe after work in a public bath near the Mach Bazaar.

Men bathe after work in a public bath near the Mach Bazaar.

Construction workers prepare to sleep in an upper story of the uncompleted building site.

Construction workers prepare to sleep in an upper story of the uncompleted building site.

Pidgeons prepare for night in a small bird shop near the Kamalapur railway station.

Pidgeons prepare for night in a small bird shop near the Kamalapur railway station.


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