40 imagesMonirul Alam Independent Photojournalist & Lecturer born in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh 1975. He took up photography in 1994. After completing his Bachelors in Accounting from the National University, he went on to Graduate from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute and Post Graduate certificate course on Broadcast and Cross Media Journalism from the BRAC University with Erasmus University based in Rotterdam Netherlands. Monirul, former depute chief Photojournalist Prothom Alo newspaper presently work as an Independent Photojournalist on Bangladesh based representing ZUMA PRESS. Award wining Photojournalist Monirul Alam also starts his own Photo Agency name WITNESS PHOTO with new technology it is an Independent Photo Agency. His work has been published in prestigious national and international publications, such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Telegraph, Time Light Box, Wall Street Journal, NY Times Lens Blog, Newsweek, MSNBC, AP, AFP, EPA, EFE, NurPhoto, Getty Reportage, New Internationalist, Saudi Aramco World, National Geographic Your Short, The Daily Star, The Daily Prothom Alo, DrikNews, The Observers France 24,100 Eyes Magazine, Private Magazine, Majority World, Photojournale, The Click, Animal Planet Channel, Bangla Rights etc. He lives in Old Dhaka with his beautiful family. He loves photography and teaching with creative way . . .
20 imagesProject: People's Struggle | The Climate Change in Bangladesh We have no drinking water due to salinity; the high tide raised in significant rate the embankments had collapsed three times within last two years said a villager Mohammad Johor Ali who is working as a boatman. When the storm is arrived I went to take shelter near a small cannel and anchor my boat at BDR (ghat) slope and praying to the Allah and just waiting for die because situation is not to explain .... I think the Allah save me .... -Mohammad Johor Ali, A Boat Man, Gabura Village in Satkhera District in Bangladesh Summary: Rafiqul has been forced to move 22 times in as many years, a victim of the annual floods that ravage Bangladesh. There are millions like Rafiqul in Bangladesh and in the future there could be many millions more if scientists' predictions of rising seas and more intense droughts and storms come true. Bangladesh is a country that stands to be one of the first to suffer from global climate change, and the time to act is now. Bangladesh is situated at the interface of two different environments, with the Bay of Bengal to the south and the Himalayas to the north. This peculiar geography of Bangladesh causes not only life-giving monsoons but also catastrophic ravages of natural disasters, to which now are added climate change. Floods, Droughts Cyclones and Tidal surges are common threats now in Bangladesh. The country has a very low and flat topography, except the northeast and southeast regions. About 10 percent of the country is hardly 1 meter above the Mean Sea Level, and one-third is under tidal excursions. Climate change already touches every corner of the world and every aspect of people's lives. As global temperatures increase, its impact will become even more extreme. The impact of climate change worldwide is already causing food and fuel crises. World Bank and IMF have sounded a larger alarm pushing 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. In Bangladesh we are seeing rice-crises first hand every day. The long queues on the roadside subsidizing rice sale centers are probably an indication of the coming hunger, when 30 million people will face starvation. In Bangladesh natural disasters like SIDR, river erosion, drought and flood mass migration of people from the countryside to the cities. Experts say a third of Bangladesh's coastline could be flooded if the sea rises one meter in the next 50 years, creating an additional 20 million Bangladeshi displaced from their homes and farms. This project was a challenge for me as I had to document the subject in a different way than I did before and continue in upcoming days. I feel this challenge has taken the whole project to a new level. -monirul alam
15 imagesA Deadly Game | Moniul Alam "No one can help me, so I don’t have any other way except begging. I leave on the street and everyday earn taka 30/40. I am also taking drugs for frustrating my life hood." -Zahid, a street beggar & drug user A lame man is walking on the street at night. His name is Zahid who lost his left leg by suffering typhoid since his childhoods he said, after years he came to Dhaka from his village Bagura north part of Bangladesh and start begging for surviving. He said no one can help me, so I don’t have any other way except begging. I leave on the street and everyday earn taka 30/40. I am also taking drugs for frustrating my life hood. Some time the police pick me up from the street and release outskirts of Dhaka. We suffer a lot but no one can help us for a good job or rehabilitations. Like Zahid, many number of people who where suffering inhuman life and every day violating their human rights. Particularly women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, which cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. According to health ministry as of last year, 123 people died of AIDS,365 others got infected and 1207 found HIV positive. The first HIV positive patient in the country was identified in 1989. Drug abuse directly influences the economic and social aspects of a country. In Bangladesh it is a growing national concern. There are millions of drug-addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30. And they are from all strata of the society. The dirty needles in the urban slums of the capital. According to UNAIDS statistics, the number of HIV-positive drug users more than doubled between 2001 and 2005. Health experts warn that the risk of an epidemic is increased by that fact that many of the addicts also admit paying for sex - and only 10 percent say they always use a condom. Most of these people are young, homeless and unemployed. Some of them don't know anything about the disease they've got. Their frustration with life has led them to become drug addicts, and when you talk to them you realize they are just waiting for death because they have nothing else. Drug abuse is a growing national concern in Bangladesh. And in Dhaka HIV is widespread too. Actually this is my self photography project which title “A deadly game”. My work starts long years ago when I know about the HIV/AIDS. As a photojournalist, I find the street drug user who suffer more and face different problem like their basic rights, at the same time they don’t know or concern about their diseases. My main focus is that Street drug user to shown their actual condition as a human rights perspective. At the same time, I also show , in our society how to see them (drug user) and to respect their human rights through my photo story