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Shunte ki pao (Waiting for the Last Wave)

Moniruzzaman Sazal | Bangladesh

Every year, riverbank erosion leads to millions of people being affected as it results in damage and loss of crops, cattle, housing structures, and farmland. People are working in a riverbank dam construction.

Bangladesh is one of the country’s most likely to suffer adverse impacts from anthropogenic climate change. Threats include sea level rise, floods, and cyclones (approximately 130,000 people were killed in the cyclone of April 1990). With a population of 130 million, most of whom earn less than U.S.$1 a day, it has some of the poorest people in the world. The impacts of climate change will only exacerbate the problems already facing the population.

Climate change and exposure to natural disasters threaten to derail efforts to eradicate poverty. A great bulk of the world's poor and most vulnerable citizens live in disaster prone countries and their number keeps increasing.As temperatures rise, the likelihood and severity of climate-related disasters increase affecting lives and livelihoods, hampering the development efforts and reversing gains made in poverty reduction. The links between climate change and sustainable development are strong. Poor and developing countries, particularly least developed countries, will be among those most adversely affected and least able to cope with the anticipated shocks to their social, economic and natural systems.

All the way through my photographic career, I tried to focus on the sufferings of the people with my photos. They were, are and will be the core objective of my different projects as I think that exhibiting their sufferings to world would be a small contribution from me to the society. I always try to discover my photographic skills through different project which are still untouched by others and never forget to show new events of life. For instance my work in some remote coastal areas in Bangladesh will highly give people an idea about the actual impact of climate change. My main motto is to always imitate a visual representation of the sorrow and suffering of the local peoples who are the main victim of nature. There is a glimpse of protest in each of my work against the advanced world who has been continuously helping to the degradation of natural imbalance. My constant target is to create a meaningful space for the affected people in the bottom of the heart of the people of this universe.

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