Life Along The Railway

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Life Along Railway Tracks Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes. But living in that area isn’t free of charge. Families pay up to 800 Taka (around eight Euro) per month to keep their homes. The slum area is run by private operators. Non-government operated slums often seem to be cleaner and safer. Nevertheless, the lack of sanitation facilities, running water and waste disposal defines some of the harsh living conditions people face. But life goes on along the railway tracks: Kids play, caring mothers prepare food for their family, others rest inside their homes away from the midday sun. But the people living next to railway tracks often consider themselves lucky. They have a fixed roof over their heads, food and of course their families to take care of them. Others have nothing and walk alongside the tracks to beg or find some garbage they can reuse. In an economical poor country like Bangladesh the strength of family ties is vital. Due to the absence of a social security system parents have to rely on their children to take care of them when they are old, ill or unable to work. Kids have to watch over their younger brothers and sisters so that their parents can work to sustain the family. As a photographer I was walking next to makeshift dwellings; I was stepping inside strangers homes; I was watching people sleeping, eating, playing and resting, always trying to respect the privacy of the individual. I soon realized though that privacy is nearly non-existant when living along the railway tracks.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 14 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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