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Monirul Alam | The People’s Struggle

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Monirul Alam, The People’s Struggle, from PRIVATE 51 – Global Report 2, pp. 46-49

Rafiqul has been forced to move 22 times in as many years, a victim of the annual floods that ravage Bangladesh. There are millions like Rafiqul in Bangladesh and in the future there could be many millions more if scientists’ predictions of rising seas and more intense droughts and storms come true. Bangladesh is a country that stands to be one of the first to suffer from global climate change, and the time to act is now.

Climate change already touches every corner of the world and every aspect of people’s lives. As global temperatures increase, its impact will become even more extreme. The impact of climate change worldwide is already causing food and fuel crises. World Bank and IMF have sounded a larger alarm pushing 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty.

In Bangladesh we are seeing rice-crises first hand every day. The long queues on the roadside subsidizing 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. Experts say a third of Bangladesh’s coastline could be flooded if the sea rises one meter in the next 50 years, creating an additional 20 million Bangladeshi displaced from their homes and farms.

Monirul Alam
the authorMonirul Alam
Monirul Alam Independent Photojournalist born in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh 1975. He took up photography in 1994. After completing his Bachelors in Accounting from the National University, he went on to Graduate from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute and Post Graduate certificate course on Broadcast and Cross Media Journalism from the BRAC University with Erasmus University based in Rotterdam Netherlands. Monirul, former depute chief Photojournalist Prothom Alo newspaper presently work as an Independent Photojournalist on Bangladesh based and work with ZUMA PRESS. His work has been published in prestigious national and international publications, such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Telegraph, Time Light Box, Wall Street Journal, NY Times Lens Blog, Newsweek, MSNBC, AP, AFP, EPA, EFE, NurPhoto, Getty Reportage, New Internationalist, Saudi Aramco World, National Geographic Your Short, The Daily Star, The Daily Prothom Alo, DrikNews, The Observers France 24,100 Eyes Magazine, Private Magazine, Majority World, Photojournale, The Click, Animal Planet Channel, Bangla Rights etc…