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May 2013: By Anushay Hossain - "Ultimately, the responsibility, with outside help and pressure, must come from Bangladesh because only we the people can bring about genuine, real change..."


Bangladesh's garment boom has made Mohammad Fazlul Azim a wealthy man. Over three decades his empire has grown from a single factory to a string of plants that employ 26,000 workers and clock up an annual turnover of about $200 million.


A day after a Bangladesh building collapse killed nearly 200 people, rescuers clambered through the mangled ruins Thursday, desperately searching for people trapped in the rubble.

The eight-story building housed garment factories employing about 2,500 workers, many of whom had been uneasy about entering the building after cracks appeared Tuesday.

A Bangladeshi firefighter battles a fire at a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh on November 24. At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through the multi-storey garment factory just outside of Bangladesh’s capital. | Photo: AP/Hasan Raza

Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated in the outskirts of Dhaka on Monday after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.

A group of Bangladeshi girls, aged between 12 and 17, hold courtyard meeting to learn about menstruation, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and use of contraceptives at Saghata. Dozens of “Info Ladies” bike into remote Bangladeshi villages with laptops and Internet connections, helping tens of thousands of people - especially women - get everything from government services to chats with distant loved ones. Photo: A.M. Ahad / AP

Amina Begumhad never seen a computer until a few years ago, but now she's on Skype regularly with her husband. A woman on a bicycle brings the Internet to her.


Aug 2012: Seasonal flooding by the melt waters of the Himalayas is a natural phenomenon. Today, however, the amount of water reaching the low lying rivers of Bangladesh seems to have reached epic proportions...


The post- Liberation War generation of Bangladesh know stories from 1971 all too well.... But the one thing we did not hear about were the rapes that took place in 1971.

Child prostitution in Bangladesh

There is no shortage of men looking for "company" in Kandapara slum, a labyrinth of tiny lanes - lined cheek-by-jowl with corrugated iron shacks - a few hours drive northeast of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.

But with rates as low as 50 taka (60 U.S. cents), the need to attract as many customers as possible is desperate - prompting a rising, yet dangerous, trend of steroid abuse among adolescent sex workers to "enhance" their appearance.


Nov 2011: "I lost my son last year during sudden river erosions that started at night," said Bobita in anguish. "There is no escape..."


Garo tribal women take a tea break from forest patrol - IPS

Two years ago the Garo people were on the defensive

These days Jasinta Nokrek and her neighbours and friends have been charged with keeping a vigil against illegal logging


Chris Crowstaff talks to Anushay Hossain: "if you have one important male link – that’s all you need... It’s usually the elite that has these important links - the mother of somebody, the sister of somebody, the wife of somebody..."


Anushay Hossain talks about her life and work - "I was so frustrated with how our stories were framed in the western media... you know, "let’s give some sympathy or charity to brown women"...