Another colossal human tragedy has hugely jolted the whole nation with a wave of woes and anguish, as an eight-story building Rana Plaza housing five garment factories collapsed 24-04-2013 Wednesday at Savar, in the outskirts of Dhaka city. More than 400 bodies were recovered from the debris of the collapsed building and near about 2,500 people were also pulled out alive from the building . This latest tragedy comes just five months after the devastating fire occurred in Tazreen garment factory killing 112 garment workers.
The Shahbag protest of 2013 in Bangladesh began on Tuesday February 5, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the demand of capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah and all other accused war criminals of 1971’s Liberation War of Bangladesh. Abdul Quader Mollah was charged with abetting the Pakistani army; actively participating in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh; rape (including the rape of minors); and mass murder of Bangladeshis in the Mirpur area of Dhaka during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The many grievous atrocities committed by Abdul Quader Mollah during the liberation war earned him the nickname of “Butcher of Mirpur”.
On February 5, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison after he was proved guilty in five out of the six charges against him. Within hours of the verdict, mass discontent broke out in Bangladesh where most people were expecting capital punishment for Mollah. The bloggers and online activists gave a voice to the public opinion and called for a mass demonstration at the Shahbag intersection in central Dhaka. Thousands of people spontaneously joined the protest and the demonstration culminated into the 2013 Shahbag movement. The Shahbag intersection is currently being referred to as “Generation Circle”, after the new generation credited with initiating such a spontaneous yet robust movement.
These photos were taken in a village called ‘Gabura’ which was completely flooded as I saw after the cyclone. I was a first year student of photojournalism at that time but I was not there to make a photo story, for me it was more important to be a witness of the tragedy occurred there, Shatkhira, Bangladesh 2009.
Cyclone Aila began as a disturbance on May 21 in the Bay of Bengal, strengthening quickly to a Tropical Cyclone with windspeeds gusting up to 120 km/h (75 mph). Aila made landfall soon after, bringing heavy rains, wind, and an enormous storm surge of seawater that pushed inland, damaging or destroying hundreds of thousands of homes in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. Over 300 people are confirmed to have died, with more than 8,000 missing. According to the Associated Press, some 2.3 million people were affected by Aila.