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GMB Akash May 19, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bangladesh.
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Child Labor. Bangladesh

“Today, I count myself blessed, having become a photographer. To be able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless, to bring their identity to the forefront, gives meaning and purpose to my own life”. So begins the introduction to Akash’s website.

Akash’s passion for photography began in 1996. He graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Pathshala school of photography in Dhaka. In 2002 he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class in the Netherlands. In 2005 he was awarded Best of Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography’s international competition in Colorado, USA. In 2006 he was awarded World Press Photo award and released his first book “First Light”. His publication credits include Time, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, PDN, Marie Claire,The Economist, Asia News,The Sunday Telegraph of London and others.

About the Photograph:

Child labor is not a new issue in Bangladesh as children here remain one of the most vulnerable groups living under threats of hunger, illiteracy, displacement, exploitation, trafficking, physical and mental abuse. Although the issue of child labor has always been discussed, there is hardly any remarkable progress even in terms of mitigation. 17.5 percent of children aged 5-15 are engaged in economic activities. Many of these children are engaged in various hazardous occupations in factories. Owners prefer to employ children as they could pay them less and also able to keep their factories free from trade unionism. A child laborer gets 400 to 700 Taka ( 1 USD = 70 taka) per month, while an adult worker earns up to 5000 per month.

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