ছোট ছোট কথা . . .

দিনমজুর মামুন টুকরি মাথায় দাড়িয়ে, পুরান ঢাকা ছবি: মনিরুল আলম

সকাল সকাল মেঘ’কে নিয়ে ছুটলাম স্কুলে তার ভর্তি পরীক্ষা আছে । এ বছরও মেঘ’কে নিয়ে শুরু হয়েছে ভর্তি যুদ্ধ যুদ্ধ খেলা ! আহা—আমাদের শিক্ষা ব্যবস্থা !

ঘূর্ণিঝড় ‘ফেথাই’ দূর্বল হয়ে পড়েছে কিন্তু এর প্রভার পড়েছে—সারা দেশে । গত দুই দিনে মানুষের দুর্ভোগ বেড়েছে অনেক । একদিকে নিম্নচাপ আর অন্য দিকে শীত । জানা গেলে; সামনেই শৈত প্রবাহ আসছে— আসছে ৩০ ডিসেম্বর জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচন ।

গতকাল মেঘ’কে নিয়ে বাসায় ফিরলাম বৃষ্টিতে ভিজে । আজ ছাতা নিয়ে বের হয়েছি; বৃষ্টি নেই— সূর্য মামারও দেখা নেই তবে আবহাওয়া একটা গুমোট ভাব রয়েছে । স্কুল গেটে দাড়াতেই হাতে একটা লিফলেট ধরিয়ে দিল—ভোট চাই ! আবার কেউ কেউ নতুন স্কুলের ঠিকানার লিফলেট হাতে গুঁজে দিচ্ছে !

দিনমজুর মামুনের সাথে কথা হলো — ইট টানার টুকরিটা মাথায় দিয়ে, টুপি মাথায়— একটা গামছা শরীরে জড়িয়ে দাড়িয়ে আছেন, আজকের মতো তার ইট টানার কাজ শেষ। একটু পরেই পাওনা বুঝে ফিরে যাবেন; ভোর রাইতে উঠছি, আইজ ইট টানার কাজ পাইছিলাম— কোনদিন কাজ পাই আবার পাই না । আইজ মোট ৮০০ টাকা কামাই করছি । সে ঢাকা শহরে এসেছেন কয়েক বছর হলো, দিনমজুর হিসাবে কাজ করছেন । মামুনের সাথে কথা বলতে বলতে আমরাও ফিরে চলি—আমাদের গন্তব্যে . . .

পুরান ঢাকা, বাহাদুর শাহ পার্ক

১৯ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৮

Workshop on Election Reporting . . .

© Monirul Alam

Today’s participate a virtual interactive workshop on Election Reporting the workshop facilitator by award wining journalist, Woodrow Wilson’s International Center for Scholars and former CNN Journalist Linda Roth, USA.

EMK center in collaboration with Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United State. This training session was held at Edward M Kennedy Center ( EMK ) at Dhanmondi, Bangladesh.

I am really happy to join and highly appreciated to learn more about on election reporting sharing my experience thanks again Linda & EMK center.

Dhaka | 17 December 2018

ছোট ছোট কথা . . .

বুড়িগঙ্গা নদীতে প্রতিমা বিসর্জন । ছবি: মনিরুল আলম

এবার দেবী দুর্গার আগমন ঘটেছিল—ঘোড়ায় চড়ে আর ফিরে গেলেন—দোলায় চড়ে । প্রতিবার দুর্গোৎসবে আমার খুব জানতে ইচ্ছা করে দুর্গা আসা-যাওয়ার বাহনটি সম্পর্কে। তার এই ধরাতলে গমনাগমনের বার্তাটা কি ? মূলত প্রতি বছর গজ, ঘোটক, নৌকা, দোলা এইসব বাহনে করে তার মর্ত্যে গমনাগমন ঘটে । তার এই আসা ও যাওয়ার সময় শুভ, অশুভ, ক্ষয়ক্ষতি একটা বার্তা বহন করে । আর এটা পুরাকালের মুনি, ঋষি ও পণ্ডিতরা গবেষনা করে এই বাহনে গমনাগমনের বার্তাটি অনুধাবন করেছিলেন ।

শাখারী বাজার, পাটুয়াটুলি হয়ে হাঁটতে হাঁটতে চলে এলাম সদরঘাট—বুড়ীগঙ্গা নদীর তীরে । বিনা স্মৃতি ঘাটে প্রবেশ করতেই মনটা এক অদ্ভুত ভালো লাগায় পেয়ে বসলো ! নদীটির পশ্চিম আকাশে তাকাতেই দেখলাম সূর্যটি ততোক্ষণে লালা রং ধারণ করেছে—আজকের মতো সে বিদায় নিচ্ছে এই ধরাতল থেকে আর তার এই বিদায়ের সঙ্গী হয়েছেন—দূর্গা দেবী !

পুরান ঢাকা । ওয়াইজঘাট, বিনা স্মৃতি ঘাট । অক্টোবর ২০১৮

WITNESS MY TIME . . .

18 October 2018 ~ I used to see Durga Puja festival today. Many Puja Mandap has been makeshift install in different places of Old Dhaka. During my walking with crowd people seen a large elephant walking with mahout’s who is ride him through mass traffic—The true essence of beauty lies in old part of Dhaka not only Durga Puja festival— You see anytime ! © Monirul Alam

WITNESS MY TIME . . .

Photojournalist Rashid Talukder on duty during an Hartal hour at Russel Square in Dhaka, BANGLADESH on June, 2005. © Monirul Alam

As my early photojournalism carrier in daily newspaper several time I meet him during my photographic assignment. Since that time ( 2005-2016 ) I works with Prothom Alo is that, our editor Matiur Rahman invited him to the Prothom Alo newspaper office to discuss about his photojournalism experience sharing with us such time our photojournalist to learn and listen more about in early Bangladesh photojournalism chapter, he share his experience as a newspaper photojournalist. As my study about in photojournalism that time Rashid bhai as a brilliant and dedicated photojournalist in his professional life, his photography archives as well as good although through his images we know about our importance historical visual.

Rashid Talukder was a Bangladeshi photojournalist for The Daily Ittefaq, most known for capturing some of the defining images of the atrocities during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Talukder was a founder of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association.

He stepped into mainstream photography towards the end of the 1950s, and by 1959 he joined the Press Information Department. After two years of service he began to work as a photojournalist in Daily Sangbad. It was in 1961, that he was given his first assignment. Talukdar worked uninterruptedly for a period of 13 years in The Daily Sangbad. For the next 32 years of his life he was engaged as a photojournalist in Daily Ittefaq. As a photographer with a knack for turning up at the right time in the right places, Talukder was a witness to the history of three successive epochs. [ Source SHAKHAWAT TIPU  / departmag ]

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award the Chobi Mela, an International Photography Festival in Dhaka, in 2006, and the 2010 the ‘Pioneer Photographer Award’ given by National Geographic Society. Talukder born in October 24, 1939 and Died October 25, 2011 in Dhaka. He work with The Daily Ittefaq.

Biswa Ijtema | Bangladesh

January 21, 2018 Dhaka, Bangldesh- Bangladeshi Muslim devotees return home riding on an overcrowded train after attending the Akheri Munajat, concluding prayers on the third day of the second phase of the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Video Journalism by Monirul Alam

[ Summery ] The Bishwa Ijtema meaning Global Congregation is an annual gathering of Muslims in Tongi by the banks of the River Turag, in the outskirts of Dhaka BANGLADESH. It is now the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj. The Ijtema is a prayer meeting spread over three days, during which attending devotees perform daily prayers while listening to scholars reciting and explaining verses from the Quran. It’s concluded in the Akheri Munajat, or the Final Prayer, in which millions of devotees raise their hands in front of Allah and pray for-world peace. The Ijtema is considered a demonstration of Muslim unity, solidarity, mutual love and respect and an opportunity to reiterate their commitment to Islamic values.

Climate Refugee in Bangladesh . . .

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. In Bangladesh we are seeing rice-crises firsthand everyday. The long queues on the roadside subsidized rice sale centers are probably an indication of the coming hunger, when 30 million people will face starvation. In Bangladesh natural disasters like SIDR, River Erosion, Drought and Flood mass migration of people from the countryside to the cities. Visions of money, food and a better life, but many of they failed to realize their dreams lured the migrants, and the rural poor became the urban poor. I began to document of marginal condition in my own country. My investigation finally brought me to a climate refugee in Bangladesh.

 

বিদায় আনিসুল হক . . .

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© Monirul Alam / WITNESS PHOTO

 
02 December 2017 | Dhaka Army Stadium

ঢাকা উত্তর সিটি করপোরেশনের (ডিএনসিসি) মেয়র আনিসুল হককে শেষ শ্রদ্ধা জানাতে হাজারো মানুষ অংশ নেয় ঢাকার আর্মি স্টেডিয়ামে । সেখানে সর্বস্তরের মানুষ তাঁর প্রতি শেষ শ্রদ্ধা জানায়। নামাযে জানাজা শেষে বনানী কবরস্থানে তাঁকে সমাহিত করা হয়।

Rohingya Exodus by Monirul Alam

As a front line photojournalist I have to seen many destruction and death during my photojournalist assignment to coverage like many disaster situation but Rohingya’s refuges fled from Myanmar to me should different, thousand and thousand feeling form Myanmar to enter Bangladesh during their long journey, to scape death and violence. I feel pain and sorrows to see of them, especially children and women to cross the border on the muddy water on to the bad weather. I saw after they enter into Bangladesh their face is quite happy to escape death but they are really desperate for food, for water, for shelter, for their baby’s health  . . .  

       

-monirul alam, Independent photojournalist 

 

Rohingya people, fled from ongoing military operations in Myanmars Rakhine state, make their way through muddy water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknuf, Bangladesh on September 2017. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar from violence over the last few weeks, most trying to cross the border and reach Bangladesh.  The crisis began when a Rohingya insurgent group launched attacks with rifles and machetes on a series of security posts in Myanmar on August 25, prompting the military to launch a brutal round of “clearance operations” in response. Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs, including monks, as well as killings and rapes.

Conditions are worsening in the border town of Cox’s Bazar where the influx has added to pressures on Rohingya camps already overwhelmed with 400,000 people from earlier waves of refugees. Poor and low-income countries such as Bangladesh, Uganda and Lebanon are left struggling to deal with huge numbers of refugees, when rich countries who host far fewer should be stepping up to provide aid and resettlement places. Myanmar’s government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and it’s still powerful military do not allow independent media free access to northern Rakhine state, from where the Rohingya are fleeing. While fires are no longer visible from the Bangladeshi border, some refugees told that their homes had been burned during Myanmar military to launch a brutal round of clearance operations.

The latest evidence published by Amnesty International points to a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee. In legal terms, these are crimes against humanity – systematic attacks and forcible deportation of civilians. This is more than the total number of refugees who came to Europe by sea in 2016.

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