Bangladesh merupakan sebuah negara yang sangat padat dengan penduduk menjadikan negara ini berada di tangga ke-5 populasi penduduk terbanyak di Asia dan tempat ke-8 di dunia. Kebanyakkan kanak-kanak di negara tersebut tidak menerima nasib yang baik seperti di negara kita kerana mereka terpaksa menjadi buruh kanak-kanak kerana faktor kemiskinan keluarga.

Melalui perkongsian seorang jurugambar dari Bangladesh yang dikenali sebagai G.M.B Akash di laman Instagram, beliau bercerita tentang realiti hidup kanak-kanak di Bangladesh yang dunia tidak tahu. Kanak-kanak ini terlibat dalam sektor pekerjaan berat dan dapat dilihat di kawasan kilang, tapak perlombongan arang batu dan tapak perlupusan sampah.

Tomaz Gaming Chair Cover
HYPE
Gaya Kingsman Datang Lagi! Tomaz Blaze X Pro, ‘Gaming Chair’ Premium Pada Harga RM499 Sahaja
Baca lagi →

View this post on Instagram

Sometimes I do not feel like taking a breath. When I close my eyes I just feel the need to jump deep down into our village river. I desperately want to walk in the muddy fields of my old place. At midnight when I wake up from nightmares, I accidentally start to call for my mother. After screaming for a while, I get back my senses and find myself in this place where my boss kindheartedly let me stay. I do not know if my friend Helal still misses me or not. The day I was leaving my village our math teacher was very sick, I went to visit him but he did not recognize me. Just like my mother, who was not recognizing me a few days before she died. Nowadays I see them both in my dreams. I miss so many things and people. Even at this moment, I feel like running, running away from this crazy city; from this heartless place towards my village where the sun rises everyday differently; where the river takes away all pain and where my friends are waiting for me. But I cannot go. My uncle forced me to leave his house. He asked me to go to whoever I knew. But I knew no one. My uncle was taking care of me and my mother from the day I knew the world around me. I felt very bad for him when he was beating me. He was a kind person; maybe he cried a lot after I left. I bought a shirt for him with my money. Some day when I will return, I will give him his gift. I am grateful to my poor uncle, whatever he did for me and my mother was enough for us. I expect nothing more from him. When I left my place I went to my mother’s grave. During the last flood all signs of my mother’s grave were taken away. There was a flower tree near the grave, which was the only sign, but people had cut down the tree. There was no sign anymore, that’s why I closed my eyes and took some soil from there by guessing which was hers. Whenever I feel afraid at night I put the packet of soil onto my chest. I feel my mother putting her hand on me. I feel safe and go back to sleep. – Arif #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

View this post on Instagram

‘I did not get anything to eat yesterday. I slept hungry. But now I am feeling lucky to get this rotten bread. My shoes, cloth or food everything comes from this dump yard. Aren't you asking me about the odor? I was born in this place, someone left me here after my birth, smell of this place make me feel like a home. This is my home and these dogs, birds are my family.’ – Abu (10) #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage #spicollective #thestreetphotographyhub #streetstorytelling #portraitfestival #portraitsofficial #globe_portraits #PortaitVision #PortaritAmazing #ipofficial #ig_calcutta #PortraitsVision #portraitpage #kdpeoplegallery #spicollective #streets_storytelling #indianphotographyclub #streetofcalcutta #thehub_portraits #ipofficial #zonestreet #world_photography_page

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

View this post on Instagram

I have to work with a lot of attention. This is not easy to find usable stuff from garbage. Sometimes after whole day I found one thing to sell in the recycle shop. And in a good day I can find biscuits. Not ordinary biscuits, the one which has cream. That’s my favorite. Some days I find biscuits which tastes very sour but my dog like to have that, so I give him without eating those. And in a very bad day, I cut my feet. I think people do not know that children work in the garbage on bare foot. They throw away broken glasses which often scratch our feet. Sometimes it bleeds heavily. It hurts a lot. I and my dog have had many scars in our legs. That’s why now a days I am keeping clothes with me. If it bleeds I tie and continue to work. – Jesmine (7) #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage #spicollective #thestreetphotographyhub #streetstorytelling #portraitfestival #portraitsofficial #globe_portraits #PortaitVision #PortaritAmazing #ipofficial #ig_calcutta #PortraitsVision #portraitpage #kdpeoplegallery #spicollective #streets_storytelling #indianphotographyclub #streetofcalcutta #thehub_portraits #ipofficial #zonestreet #world_photography_page

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

View this post on Instagram

My sister only stays with me, because after her birth I am taking care of her. My mother always remains sick. Since my sister had her first teeth she is biting me all the time. If I scream, she giggles. This is how we play when I get some break time. I and my mother work together. When I first started working, it hurts me a lot; I had pain in my fingers many days. But I did not tell it to my mother. It is not easy to get work and we have to eat to survive. Without food how we can be alive! After breaking 100 breaks I usually get 50 taka. I do not spend money for myself. I only buy banana and egg for my sister. Sometimes I and my mother have tea and bread together during work break. My sister’s name is Bristy, it is given by me. When she was born it was raining heavily that’s why I call her Bristy. When Bristy will grow up, I will send her to school. I will never let her to do anything that will cause her any pain. – Rahat (11) Note: Shared 10 real life stories in my blog which will definitely melt your heart. For full stories and photos follow the link on my: #people #documentary #streetphotographer #traveler #travelling #travel #travelphotography #photojournalism #documentary #documentaryphotography #portraits#photojournalism #children #bangladeshiphotographer #colorphotography #instagram #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity #Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #india_undiscovered #rohingya #portrait #tribal #earth_portraits #portraitmood

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

Namun gaji yang mereka perolehi langsung tidak setimpal dengan jumlah kerja yang mereka lakukan setiap hari. Kanak-kanak ini menerima bayaran sekitar 400 Taka (±RM20) hingga 700 Taka (±RM35) sahaja sebulan. Sebagai contoh, gambar berikut menunjukkan seorang kanak-kanak yang bekerja menjahit baju kanak-kanak dengan upah USD1 atau 84 Taka (±RM4.20) untuk 10 jam bekerja.

View this post on Instagram

Rahman (12) is being hit by the owner of the textile factory. Rahman’s job is to sew children’s t-shirts. During the course of this day he was working too slowly to deliver so he was hit by the owner. He earns $1 for ten hours of work in a day. Dhaka. Bangladesh This photo won the World Press Photo award in 2006 and has since brought a great deal of international attention to this issue. The photo begs a discrimination free world. In one word ‘Justice’. I was passing by a tailor shop where local garments produced. The child labor boy was little slow because of continual work pressure. And for his reason the owner of the factory was beating the boy with his roller. I didn’t think twice and kept the moment in my camera. After getting the award, the best thing is the issue focused to be discuss world wide. This photo went in many exhibition and people all around the world become conscious for this kind of situation. I went back with the publish photo of the factory owner and again treat him not dare to hit any more child again. He said sorry and promised this will not happen again! And later the local authority/ police took action against him! #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage #spicollective #thestreetphotographyhub #streetstorytelling #portraitfestival #portraitsofficial #globe_portraits #PortaitVision #PortaritAmazing #ipofficial #ig_calcutta #PortraitsVision #portraitpage #kdpeoplegallery #spicollective #streets_storytelling #indianphotographyclub #streetofcalcutta #thehub_portraits #ipofficial #zonestreet #world_photography_page

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

Disebabkan kesempitan hidup, kanak-kanak lelaki malang ini tidak berpeluang untuk bersekolah dan terpaksa membanting tulang dari usia yang amat muda demi mencari nafkah buat keluarga.

View this post on Instagram

No ,I don't go to school nowadays. I had to choose between school and food for feeding my mother and little brothers. My father died last year in this same factory from a heat stroke when he was melting iron in the fire place. In this intolerable heat no one can work if they are not accustomed to it. He was a very strong person and was used to working in the heat. He used to work a lot for us. No one believed he could die here from this heat. After my father's death I got my father's job here. I use the same hammer and the same machine but I don't feel strong like him. I feel very tired, sleepy and hungry. I miss going to school, I miss playing with my friends I miss swimming in the nearby river. My father used to buy me colorful ice cream when we used to feel hot. I miss eating ice cream every minute nowadays when it feels hot like hell here. I have one uncle who buys me ice cream sometimes and helps me in my work when I can't do anything. I want to become like him. I want to reduce people’s misery because my ice cream uncle always says "we need each other."-Rony #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage #spicollective #thestreetphotographyhub #streetstorytelling #portraitfestival #portraitsofficial #globe_portraits #PortaitVision #PortaritAmazing #ipofficial #ig_calcutta #PortraitsVision #portraitpage

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

View this post on Instagram

I asked him, "What do you want to become in the future?" He replied, ‘I want to be a photographer like you. I will take pictures when my boss beats my friends’. #ig_fotoclub #photographyeveryday #photooftheday #people_infinity_#Humanity_shots_ #world_photography_page #everydaypakistan #rk_photography_hub #ir_aks #humanity_shots #earth_portraits #portraitmood #portraitpage #spicollective #thestreetphotographyhub #streetstorytelling #portraitfestival #portraitsofficial #globe_portraits #PortaitVision #PortaritAmazing #ipofficial #ig_calcutta #PortraitsVision #portraitpage #kdpeoplegallery #spicollective #streets_storytelling #indianphotographyclub #streetofcalcutta #thehub_portraits #ipofficial #zonestreet

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

GMB Akash mengambil inisiatif dengan mengumpul dana melalui First Light Institute Photography untuk menampung keperluan pelajaran anak-anak ini.

Kesemua koleksi gambar mengenai kehidupan warga kota Bangladesh boleh didapati di dalam buku ‘Survivor’ hasil karya GMB Akash untuk membuka mata dunia mengenai kehidupan di negara tersebut. Bersyukurlah di Malaysia kebanyakkan anak-anak kita masih mampu untuk ke sekolah dan tidak perlu melalui kepahitan hidup seperti kanak-kanak di Bangladesh ini.

View this post on Instagram

‘Survivors’ – my second Photography book was reviewed by one of the prestigious publication ‘Geo magazine’ and had published in 60 languages worldwide. It’s a pleasure to share the publication with all my friends to give an idea how I published my 10 years project ‘Survivors’ and how hard I had to work to change their lives. Geo’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Jens Schröder had come to Bangladesh to meet and interview ‘Survivors’ and reported how their lives has been changed by the gift I had given to them, how I searched for people whom I photographed ten to twelve years ago. It’s been a long journey of ‘soul to soul’ that was why I was able to find many of them and was able to change the fate of their life. In last many years I gifted fifty businesses among fifty Survivors families who have been depicted in the book. In the book Director of Photography, GEO magazine, Ruth Eichhorn said, “Akash does not want to present them as victims. He wants to show their pride and dignity. He wants to show that they have a deep wish to survive the calamity of their situation and are full of hope for a better life. Even though Akash produced his long-term documentary projects in the purest sense of journalism, he does not want, in his own words, “to profit” from his subjects. He wants to give back as much as he can.” The love and respect I received in twenty years of my career I equally want to give that share to these incredible humans. I know turning my lens to them is the duty of a Photojournalist by turning my heart to them is my human duty. I am blessed to be able to do that. I have been dedicating my institute (First Light Institute of Photography) and ‘Survivors’ book income for more than 500 unprivileged children’s education and food. Yes, I have received uncountable awards, my works has been showcased at all prestigious places but at the end of the day I share my food with the people I work that is what give peace to my heart and bring satisfaction to my soul. And I want to continue this journey as long as I breathe, as long as I am alive.

A post shared by GMB AKASH (@gmbakash) on

Anda Mungkin Suka