June 5, 2009

[image credits: all photographs are by GMB AKASH; used with permission; all rights reserved]

CYCLONE AILA hit southern Bangladesh on May 25, 2009. The death toll has risen to 250 and millions have been displaced. Many are still missing, mostly, the fishermen who were still at sea. Aila picked up winds at 90km/hr  and successfully destroyed homes, crops and livestock [which are the livelihood of most people and which may have been their entire life savings – imagine how we felt when our 401k plummeted last year!]. Imagine waking up one day to a house with no roof, no food in the freezer, no access to clean drinking water, the car blown away to Texas, and no money in the bank. The picture is grim, isn’t it?

Please show your support by donating to the relief efforts. You can visit these organizations accepting online donations; BRAC, Oxfam, Save the Children.           

Thank you!                                                   


GMB AKASH’s passion for photography began in 1996. He attended the World Press Photo seminar in Dhaka for 3 years and graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Pathshala, Dhaka. He has received more than 35  international awards from all around the world and his work has been featured in over 50 major international publications including: Time, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, and Sunday Telegraph of London.

*To view the rest of this gallery and to see GMB AKASH’s other works, please visit his beautiful website here and here.

**My personal favorites of Akash Bhai’s photo stories on his website are: ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Stone Scavengers of Jaflong’ and ‘Tribal Life in Bangladesh’.

[image credits: all photographs are by GMB AKASH; used with permission; all rights reserved]



2 Responses to “”

  1. Roma Huq Says:

    Labiba your blog site is wonderful! Your pictures and explanations hit the mark, particularly for someone like me, who did not grow up in Bangladesh but wants to learn more about its beauty and culture. Thank-you so much!

  2. […] To view more photographs from GMB AKASH’s ‘Child Labor’ project, visit here. For the previous post on GMB AKASH, visit here. […]

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