[PHOTO STORY] Lives intersected by rails

Tens of thousands of people live a grim life along the railroad that passes through the city of Dacca, the capital of the South Asian country of Bangladesh.
Their lives are shaped by the railroad tracks and regulated according to the time that the trains pass by. They do their daily chores amid the noise of the trains. The rails have become part of the life of the household. Women comb their hair and kids play their games and dealers sell their fish along these rails. Trains do not bother to lower their speed as they hurtle by. Generations of people learn the exact moment of the trainsand’ arrival after years of experience of life hardened by the rails.
In Bangladesh, the unemployment rate is high, the national per capita income is around $220 and a significant proportion of people live on assistance. Those members of the family who are lucky enough to find a job take care of the rest of the family. At these jobs, they are often paid at a subsistence level. They cannot spare any money to rent or buy a house. So, millions of people try to stay alive in tin sheds near the railroad where they know government officials or landowners wonand’t chase them away. The income gap between the poor and the wealthy is very wide in Bangladesh, as is the case in all countries where millions of people live in poverty. These poor people often work for one or two dollars a day at facilities that produce products for the consumption of the modern world and then try to find some rest in their shanty town.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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