Victory Day Celebration 2017

Summery: In 1971,16 December is our Victory Day. Liberation War is our pride. The nation celebrated the 47th Victory Day paying rich tributes to the Liberation War martyrs with a call for unity to build a country free from militancy, extremism and communal-ism. On this day in 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered to the allied forces of Bangladesh and India in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after nine months of war during which three million people were killed, two lakh women were raped and around 10 million people took refuge in India.

Concept & Edit : Monirul Alam

Photography & Video: Monirul Alam

Music: From YouTube Enam Medical Students

December 2017 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Intellectual Martyrs Day Observes in Dhaka

The Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Rayerbazar, December, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14 December 2017. Thousands of Bangladeshi people paid tribute to the dozens of intellectuals killed during the war, 1971 which won the South Asian country independence from Pakistan. The intellectuals were systematically killed across the former East Pakistan by the Pakistani army and their collaborators to maim the emerging nation of its talented and intellectual people.

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বুড়ীগঙ্গা নদী পারাপার . . .

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সংবাদ আলোকচিত্র ~ স্কুল শিক্ষার্থীরা স্কুল ছুটি শেষে লাইফ জ্যাকেট পরে নৌকায় করে, বুড়ীগঙ্গা নদী পারাপার হচ্ছে । গরমের উত্তাপ থেকে বাঁচতে, মাথায় ছাতা ধরে রেখেছে । নিজেদেরকে নৌ দূরর্ঘটনার হাত থেকে রক্ষা করতেই এই ব্যবস্থা ! এ সকল স্কুল শিক্ষার্থীরা লাইফ জ্যাকেট পরে প্রতিদিন নৌকায় বুড়ীগঙ্গা নদী পার হয়ে স্কুলে যাওয়া-আসা করে ।

ঘাটের টোল আদায়কারী চাঁন মিয়া জানান, কেরাণীগঞ্জের নানা এলাকা থেকে এ সকল শিক্ষার্থীরা নৌকায় করে আসে,ঢাকায় । নৌকা দিয়ে পারাপারের সময় তারা এই জ্যাকেট গুলো পরে, নৌকা ডুবির হাত থেকে বাঁচতেই, অভিভাবকরা এই ব্যবস্থা করে দিয়েছেন, নিজ নিজ সন্তানের জন্য । তারা লাইফ জ্যাকেট গুলো ঘাটেই রেখে যায়, কেউ কেউ নৌকাতে রাখে । হারানোর কোন সুযোগ নেই। পরিচিত হয়ে গেছে সবাই । ২৩ মে, ২০১৭ সদরঘাট, বুড়ীগঙ্গা নদী, ঢাকা, বাংলাদেশ । ছবি: মনিরুল আলম

Police Raid Islamist Militant Hideout In Dhaka

December 24, 2016 - Dhaka, Bangladesh - Police ambulance carry a suspected Islamist dead body to the Dhaka Medical Hospital after and operation to storm an alleged militant hideout in Dhaka on December 24, 2016, as a team from the counterterrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police cordoned off a three-storey building in the capital. Two female militants along with two children surrendered to the cops, 1 female and a teen militant killed themselves during police raid by exploding suicidal vest outside their den while acting to surrender to the cops. © Monirul Alam
December 24, 2016 Dhaka, Bangladesh ~Police ambulance carry a suspected Islamist dead body to the Dhaka Medical Hospital after and operation to storm an alleged militant hideout in Dhaka on December 24, 2016, as a team from the counterterrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police cordoned off a three-storey building in the capital. Two female militants along with two children surrendered to the cops, 1 female and a teen militant killed themselves during police raid by exploding suicidal vest outside their den while acting to surrender to the cops. © Monirul Alam

Single Click of the Shutter . . . 

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29 November 2016 Dhaka, Bangladesh ~ Megh and his mother sit on the studio for taking passport photo at the Picture Center Studio in the Banani Super Market, Dhaka. Studio photo business is still now in populer, everywhere in Bangladesh and abroad, especially in passport photo for various preposes.Here one think I remember to read a beautiful words,Stopping time with a single click of the shutter. Yes, it is really a good experiences to a signal click of shutter ! and use for various preposes ! Love the life with fun. © Monirul Alam

An Epic Photojournalistic Journey . . . 


The object of my work is to report the real moment of life. I recorded many times as an eyewitness. My main interest lies in documentary storytelling focusing on global issues . . .

Bangladesh based artist, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker currently works documenting social issue. His photographs have been widely published national and international media around the world. He lives in Dhaka with his beautiful family. He loves photography & teaching with creative way . . .

-Monirul Alam
https://monirulalam.net/portfolio/

Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment . . . 

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world.Almost two-thirds of the women between 20 and 24 were married before the age 18, according to a national survey by Plan Bangladesh and ICDDR,B in 2013.The negative impact of child marriage is acknowledge worldwide and consequently there are a host of policies and programmes that focus strongly on its prevention.

Married Adolescent in Bangladesh 

65% of Bangladeshi girls are married off before the age of 18 and approximately one third of women aged 20 to 24 were married off by the age of 15 ( UNICEF )

240 women in every 100,000 live birth die from pregnancy related cause ( UNDP 2013 ) 

It is necessary to protect child rights of girls who have already entered marriage. Through my photo project I would like to show the present condition about the early married girls, especially  their daily life activates and the married girls empowering through the Image Project. The project titled Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowement (IMAGE) aims to ensure a life with dignity for early married girls in Bangladesh by improving their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights ( SRHR ).In this context, IMAGE working for married adolescent girl’s empowerment.

Effect of Child-marriage

Maternal Mortality during childbirth

Child-Mortality

Post-natal Complication

Unable to continue Education

Isolation and lack of Social Visibility

Unable to engage in Income Generating Activities


Young married girls are more likely to drop out of school and, consequently, miss opportunities in gainful employment later in life. Teenage pregnancy, before the age of physical maturity, increases the risk of birth complications and giving birth to a low-birth-weight baby, which is closely linked to child stunting.

The power imbalance between young brides and their husbands make girls more susceptible to domestic violence and other risks. Overall, early marriage keeps young brides and their children from reaching their full physical, economic, and social potential.
 

I try to shown my photo story as well as married girls aware of their rights, health condition, social position and their empowering in our society in Bangladesh.I think, in my depth storytelling to make concern and aware world wide audience and policy maker. 

I have been blessed that time and working on this project, the world has started to take notice of the importance of addressing Child Marriage and their human rights.Now there are conferences and gatherings where grassroots organization gather to talk about the issue.To me its quite lovely in that respect through Image Project.

 
Notes: The project, a work-in-progress . . .

 

Salina Audio:

Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Salina 19 , Married at the age of 16. She said after her marriage suffer more like health complication, sexual relation.So need to stop the child marriage and empowering the girl’s who suffer more . She educated herself and pass the SSC exam. Now she works as a school teacher in the village of Ramchandrapure. Gaibandha, Bangladesh. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Rupali Begum 20, She read in class seven after that she married. She was not wanted as early married but her family do it. She said married girl suffer many complication. She lives with her father’s house. Her husband works abroad. They have two children. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Mazada Khatun 19 , When she was 17 she married to Md Samiul. She said after my marriage I suffer health complication with my eye problem. I think need to change child marriage system. Mazada doing house hold work to support her family. Photo: Monirul Alam
Married Adolescent Girl’s Empowerment~ Hawoa 18, married at the age of 16. She divorce to her husband Sabuj, because Sabuj is a drug addicted person and not doing anything, presently Hawoa live with her child in her father’s house, She wanted to work and established herself. Photo: Monirul Alam
Hawoa Audio :

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The Bangladesh government endorsed in draft law on 25 November, 2016 for preventing child marriage fixing 18 years as the minimum age for girls to get married but kept a provision for special circumstances under which girls below the age could tie the knot. Women and rights bodies demanded cancellation of the provision terming it contrary to the very law that has been proposed. According to the draft, men 21 and above could get married and if either the groom or the bride or both are below 21 and 18, it would be considered a child marriage and an offence. [ News Published on 26 November 2016 The Daily Star ] 

In Our Misfortune . . . 

Photo: Monirul Alam Book Cover Photo: Shahidul Alam

I remember when I met you in the house of terror

Of what you gave me and surrender to me.

In those moment in which the light was a dream or a miracle.

However, you were the light among the darkness.

We were as one in our misfortune.

Today,after thousands of misfortunes more.

I can see you, as I did then, always looking forward.

We will see each other again through the fog that we will disperse.

Do not forget comrade.

[ Muriel Dockendorff Navarrete ] Chilean Poet,Lyricist and economics student 

Notes: Currently I read the book ‘Tortured Truths’ by Rahnuma Ahmed. Love to read this book and I think it’s a great collection to me.Book cover photo: Shahidul Alam

Old Dhaka

November 2016

Winter Comes in a Way . . . 

I love winter, I love walking in the winter morning; in my village, I remember my childhood such a amazing experience,to me winter is great season . . . Winter is the season when the whole world seems to go to sleep. The weather is cold,fog, the ground is hard, and the trees and plants seem to be dry and than turn a borun color finally all leafs dead and fall on the ground, some time a beautiful light ray fallen on the tress, morning waker walk in the winter morning . . . Here I try to captured a few images, in my resident Old Dhaka, where I lives with my beautiful family. I think is part of our daily lives, without a purpose in our lives, depression would quickly set in, hope to feel our mother nature, to me Winter Comes in a Way . . . 

Monirul Alam,Old Dhaka,Bangladesh  


 

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