Living Waste: Poor Environment of Migrated Villagers Living in Urban

Life in Urban Garbage in Bangladesh, many poor people migrated from the village areas to urban for their better living. Some of them pick recyclables plastic materials to sell the market for their livelihood. They came from many other districts remote areas of country. Majority of them are landless people. Numbers of poor people is increasing day by day in Bangladesh; hence, economic and social disparities level is in the earth to sky. The poor become poorer and Rich people are richer.

Some poverty victim family men, women and their children come to the big cities and some of they collect recyclables plastic household materials from permanent waste land everyday. Which is harmful for health? But they have to work in these unhealthy work environments, for surviving their livelihood and daily income 150 to 200 taka (USD 1.8-2.5).

Known as street children, locally called "TOKAI", a large group of child worker who are unable to go to school. They always search saleable and recyclable plastic and many other materials from dirt, garbage, roads, and the dock and from pedestrian walkways for support their families. There are mid level shops where they sell their daily stocks. After that, these plastics transferred to the recycle places for further process. And many families are entirely dependent on the wastes their livelihoods.

On the other hand, it’s a good work for modern society, leading to plastic and other recycling materials, such as household items made by aluminum, copper, still or irons, as well as new items be made or consumed.

However, due to science and technology development, some little entrepreneurs have being making substitute item for household work. In this modern day, people don't use wooden items, but rather plastic things. It's better to live after doing any work, but those poor people don't know what output coming for modern world under this circumstances. Those workers are always using old items and suffering from disease and illness in their whole lives.

Basically, our society never speak for those Tokais. Society is divided into two parts as "have" and "have not", so poverty always stands besides Tokai. Earning money to live and to survive is the main work of the third world people. But the reality is that the rich people dominates them. If taking a look at those modern recycling factories, we will find then, owner is rich, gets bank loan, has cars, has ability to lead a hand in some modern life. Our social–economic condition basically makes this Ttokai group, but nobody think about poor Tokai tradition. It’s a main scenario of our modern aged poor culture.

Photographer Akhlas Uddin mainly focuses those poor people who survive in urban garbage yard and recycling factory, in order to highlight people's attentions on deprived children's rights, unhealthy working situation, bad environment as well as inequitable society.

(All photos copyrighted Akhlas Uddin)

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