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Survivor; Survived against all the odds

Farida Alam | Bangladesh

The midwife is massaging oil on Dulary’s belly just to comfort her. For Bede community, they feel the midwives are more reliable than a professional one.

In Bangladesh, the nomadic community, known as Bede community is a unique social group of people with distinctive culture and heritage.

This photo series represents the story of a pregnant Bede woman named Dulary who already had four children when she gave birth to her fifth child and it’s a boy. They never visit doctors unless it becomes crucial. It is a tradition of them that children take birth with help of traditional midwives. When someone has labor pain, a group usually leaves their work and stays to support the pregnant woman. Also, the other groups who go to work share their earning with the women who stay home. Such a wonderful tradition and bonding they share which makes them unique.

It’s true that the birth process is unhygienic and they are far away from all the basic needs but this is the way they are leading their lives for decades. Among all the pessimism I found them happy. I wanted to explore the birth process in Bede community, who has survived against all odds.

I am Farida Alam. Photography is my passion. My inspiration for photography comes from people and my surroundings. I am influenced by their livelihood, happiness and sorrows.

I have completed Basic and Foundation course from “Pathshala South Asian Media Institute”. Later on, I have participated in a Documentary Photography course from Counter Photo, another renowned photography institute of our country.

Currently I am pursuing Diploma in Photography from Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

Also, I am a lifetime member of “Bangladesh Photographic Society (BPS)” and an active member of “Muktochokh – Pathshala Photography Society”.

During this short period of photography, I have received recognitions from various national and international arenas.


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