Seasonal Food Insecurity | Char Life

North Part of Bangladesh,Kurigram.2005. Living on the Char is not very comfortable- children walk on the river side. Monga or seasonal food insecurity is not a new phenomenon in Bangladesh. Seasonal food insecurity in ecologically vulnerable and economically weak part of north-western Bangladesh.Copy Right:Monirul Alam

Philip Blenkinsop Lecture

These week I attend Philip lecture, Philip Blenkinsop is a  renowned photographer and founding member of NOOR Photo Agency. Noor is an International Photo Agency which work worldwide. Noor’s Photographer share concerns, and accept the challenge of expressing these concerns in a language capable of renewing itself,respect the human dignity of their subjects. They are documentary photographers aware of the major changes facing traditional media in favor of an always-bigger diffusion of the new media said their manifesto.


Dhaka, October 2010. Philip delivered his valuable lecture at Drik. Copy Right:Monirul Alam



I like his  lecture and nice presentation- to learn more about latest concept of documentary photography.His thought about the photojournalism is really appreciative. To me I met Philipe he is a nice and friendly person. He came to Bangladesh, secound time for his own project.


I thanks to Pathshala Alumni to conduct  this lecture session specially thanks to Munem Wasif. He takes an good initiative to explore our photographic arena.







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Internal Migration

Climate change touches already every corner of the world and every aspect of people’s lives. As the global temperature increases, its impacts will become even more extreme. The impact of climate change world is already facing food and fuel crises. World Bank and IMF have sounded a larger alarm push 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. Bangladeshi is a country that stands to be one of the first to suffer from global climate change, and the time to act is now.


Patukhali south part of Bangladesh, October 2010. Mujibor and Khaled stand on the launch deck who left their houses away to Dhaka city for searching job.Copy Right:Monirul Alam


The IPCC warns of devastating floods, drought, extreme weather, hunger, and disease across the world in decades to come.

Bangladesh faces all of that already, and climate change will accelerate it. Once a byword for backwardness, Bangladesh is now a glimpse of everyone’s future.

Daily Star Publication / FORUM

The  Daily Star News paper published my photo feature Climate Refugee of Bangladesh to their Monthly publication FORUM Vol. 4 Issue 10 October 2010. Please see see the link

and would like to request send your opinion.

Daily Star FORUM Publication Vol 4 Issue 10 October 2010

Climate change has touched every corner of the world and every aspect of our lives. As the global temperature increases, its impact will become even more extreme. As part of the initial effects of climate change, the world is already facing food and fuel crisis. The World Bank and IMF have sounded a more serious alarm: 100 million people in low-income countries will be pushed deeper into poverty.

In Bangladesh, we are experiencing rice crisis firsthand. The long queues in front of the subsidised rice sale centres are an indication of the impending disaster: 30 million people will face starvation.

Natural disasters like SIDR, constant river erosion, drought and flood have led to mass migration of people from the countryside to the cities. The migrants were lured by visions of money, food and a better life, but many of them till now have failed to realise their dreams. As a consequence, the rural poor have become the urban poor.

During the course of documenting the state of poverty in urban areas of the country, my investigation finally led me to the plight of the numerous climate refugees in Dhaka city. These are but a few glimpses of a much larger picture.

Vanishing Identity !

Thus, indigenous peoples have become the most marginalized and vulnerable group in the country of Bangladesh in its thirty eight years of independence. There is no constitutional recognition of the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh the issue of the identity of the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh has led to much debate and controversy, and on occasions has brought indigenous leaders and government officials into sharp disagreement.


Dinajpure, Bangladesh November-2009. A KORA tribe older women named sajoti KORA - Copyright Monirul Alam


They are only referred to as “backward segments of the population”.

My project is a visual and narrative documentation of this Indigenous people express their daily life and their traditional and cultural condition in the society.

I am using photography not only as a means of evidence, but also a link for the imagination.