Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh stands by the banks of Buriganga. The dockyard also placed by the bank of this river which is on the opposite side of Shadarghat, the central river port of Bangladesh.
The dockyard is in the town of Keranigonj where the working environment and the lifestyle are frighteningly dangerous which is full of industrial activities. Around 20,000 workers work here every day and it’s a matter of great regret that the labor charge is too tiny to bear the living expenses which is around $8.00 per day.
The workers usually break down the massive ships as well as create new ships from the parts. Workers can be seen with the torches and the welding equipment doing their job of departing huge pieces of metal sheets from the vessels. Others can be seen strolling along the high edges of the ship decks. The only thing is keeping them away from falling down is their own balance. Safety of the workers seemed not ensured in this yard in a proper way and that’s why injuries are common things to occur in here but the process and the activities never stop.
The environment of this yard is highly polluted. The water of the river and the air of this place can make any newcomer sick. Though the people who are living in this area are capable enough to adjust themselves with the surroundings. All the waste of this yard goes directly straight to Buriganga which creates huge water pollution though the kids of this area love to have their bath in this river. They often use the yard as their playground. As the people here are living on the edge of poverty, child labor can be seen very often.
It is clear that this place has been a worksite where a lot of things to bring under proper management such as the safety of the workers, labor charge, child labor engagement, and minimizing the pollution. However, the local people are still in that process of living and working here.
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I’m Saiful Islam. I’m a freelance photographer from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I love daily life & street photography and I love to travel and meet new peoples and surroundings. I’ve completed “Basic Photography” from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka.
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