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Volume 3 Issue 9|October2010



Original Forum Editorial

Unanswered Questions about the Garments Wage Issue
and Our Constitution

--Jyoti Rahman

The Road to Recovery
--Syed Ashfaqul Haque
Living Wage is Not Just Wages
--Mir Mahfuz ur Rahman
Made in Bangladesh: Our garments sold abroad
--Ziauddin Choudhury
Getting and Staying Active in Later Life--ASM Atiqur Rahman
Photo Feature: Climate Refugees of Bangladesh
--Monirul Alam
Have We Been Shaken Up Enough?
--Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal
Including People with Disabilities in Development--Nancy Rollinson
Private University Act: Implementation is more challenging
--Abdul Mannan

Nationalism's Last Frontier
--Quazi Zulquarnain Islam

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Climate Refugees of Bangladesh

A photo feature by Monirul Alam

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.





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