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Street People of Dhaka

Posted in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Environment, Environmental Issue, Population, Street People by Khaled Saifullah on March 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Dhaka Courier 

“Jamir shar is a youngster whose age is close to thirteen. This parentless lad came to Dhaka city three years ago. He lost his parents in a road accident. With nobody to take care of him, he sells nuts in different areas of Dhaka city. He lives with a family at Pirjangi Mazar in Motijheel, taking his two meals with them and giving them his total income, which ranges from Taka 50 to 60.” (Dhaka Courier)

“Anwar Ali sells tea, biscuits and cigarettes in the city’s parks. He came to Dhaka from Mymensingh (a district in Bangladesh) five years ago. His two sons live in Mymensingh with their mother. Sometimes Anwar Ali goes to his village. He lives near Khilgaon Rail Gate and starts his work at dawn returning late to his house made out of waste plastic.” (Dhaka Courier)

“Haris Ali, 40, lives at night in front of Sonali Bank at Motiheel Head Office. He came to Dhaka five years ago. At first, he was a laborer in Kamlapur rail station. He changed his track two years ago. Now he collects waste like scattered paper, broken pens, plastic stuff and different categories of vehicle parts. He sells these things at Nowabpur market. His regular income ranges from Taka 50 to 70.” (Dhaka Courier)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Dhaka Courier 

Those three characters described are representative of the street people. There are thousands of characters like those in Dhaka city. You can find them in front of every market, commercial areas, in the bus terminals, around hotels, parks, on the pavements, around two main stadiums, all over old Dhaka and even on all VIP roads. They try to earn a living by doing various types of activities example, collecting rickshaws, serving tea, carrying goods in the terminals, selling various types of food and even water. Usually those street people go out with their torn and patched bags for the day’s collecting from garbage bins and those whom are beggars, go to those areas where they will get some kind of alms. Street people normally buy their meal from roadside food shops and eat sitting on bricks.

In Bangladesh Street people can be defined in two groups:

  • Those who spend all the time in the streets as it is their home, where they eat, sleep, make friends and carry on other activities.
  • Those who spend the day on the streets and at night they return home, even it be a mere shack in the slum.

In Bangladesh street people is increasing day by day mainly cause of migration to the urban streets, family breakdown, poverty and family size. People who are rootless or have been uprooted by flood, crop failure, river erosion etc. migrate to big cities. Most of the time, they don’t get any job so they beg on streets in order to make a living. In Bangladesh, about five hundred thousand people are engaged in begging. Street people don’t have any fundamental right like food, safe water, shelter, sanitation, health care and schooling.

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  1. rezwana khatun said, on March 1, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I AGREE WITH U KHALED!
    in dhaka city we all got the used of seeing poor people collecting stuff from the garbage bin such as materials, plastics or food that they think it would be use for them to eat or to survive or any thing that will be helpful for them to make a living out of it. what else they can do? becouse they aren’t getting much help form the government! Are they???

    according to the fact of flooding,etc occured recantly. people from rural cities are moving to urban cities. becouse they have lost family,home,crops etc (which you have mentioned earlier)and which used to make a good living life for them. but,after the incidents occured which had effected these people and had moved to urban cities after all,hoping to survive their life and make a good living.

    but so far as i have seen, THESE POOR PEOPLE AR’NT MAKING A GOOD LIVING! becouse picking up garbage from the garbage bins and collecting stuff such as FOOD materials,plastics,bottles, JUST TO SURVIVE isnt being helpful AND IN MY OPINION THIS DOSNT MAKE A GOOD LIVING LIFE FOR THEM TO LIVE !AND DO U THINK THEY ARE MAKING A GOOD LIVING?I WOULD RECCOMEND THIS MORE THAN A FACT THEN A OPINON OF MINE

    another opinion from the evidence i seen that kids that come from the poor family ar’nt being used by books, pencils. insteasd they are being used by jobs so they can survive!

    think about it, kids have to work and think about , what kind of jobs do they get? nothing specail, they get any jobs such like work on resturtand :clean tables wash dishes provide food for customer,they also work on rails stations by saling any food:chips,candy,jucies etc .they also sales things like water, dish clothes,flowers,any kind of fruits,pop corns,toys or any thing they find to sale around the streets and make money to make a living out of or survive mostly these kids dont even be provide with jobs instead they make their own way of making money for example: they sale flowers or any products that are hand crafted etc and they go around street to sale these stuff so people would buy and so they could make money to survive. but people as i have seen, rarely even buy these things that they sale. but what else they can do?they have to to make a living! MOST IMPORTANLY, THEY HAVE TO SURVIVE! AND THIS IS WHY KIDS DONT EVEN GET TO EVEN TOUCH BOOKS OR PENCILS BECOUSE THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY ALONG WITH THEIR PARENT SO THEY CAN FIRST FEED THEMSELVES TO LIVE! BUT THEY GETTING ANY HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT?

    BUT CAN U ANSWER MY MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT I HAVE IN MY MINDS?
    WHY GOVERNMENT ARNT PROVIDING HELPS FOR THESE PEOPLE?
    THE GOVERNMENT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THEY WOULD PROVIDE AS MUCH HELP AS THEY CAN! BUT ARE THEY?
    AFTER ALL THE CORRUPTION OF BANGLADESH AND ALSO THE FLOODING INCIDENTS,
    I DONT SEE MUCH HELP ARE BEING PROVIDED TO PEOPE BY THE GOVERNMENT AND HOW CAN THEY PROVIDE HELP
    BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT ARE CONCETRATING MORE ON POLITICS THAN THE POOR ECONOMIC!’

    IN MY OPNION THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONCENTRATE MORE ON THE ECONOMIC SITUATION ALONG WITH POLITCS AND THINK OF A SOLUTION THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE AND CLEAN UP THE THE STEERTS PEOPLE BY PROVIDING HOME OR SHELTER TO LIVE IN AND PROVIDE EDUCATION FOOD,LABOR OR EDUCATION FOR CHLIDERN!!!

    ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE ! A GOOD CHANGE EVERY ONE DESERVES FAIR LIFE TO LIVE AND FAIR THINGS TO GET AND I THINK IT IS GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD START PROVIDING Street people fundamental right like food, safe water, shelter, sanitation, health care and schooling!

    (by the way great work!and very interesting post about invironmental issues!!!! I liked it!!)

  2. Khaled Saifullah said, on March 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I guess you have answered your question.

    WHY GOVERNMENT ARNT PROVIDING HELPS FOR THESE PEOPLE?

    “I DONT SEE MUCH HELP ARE BEING PROVIDED TO PEOPE BY THE GOVERNMENT AND HOW CAN THEY PROVIDE HELP
    BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT ARE CONCETRATING MORE ON POLITICS THAN THE POOR ECONOMIC!’

    IN MY OPNION THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONCENTRATE MORE ON THE ECONOMIC SITUATION ALONG WITH POLITCS AND THINK OF A SOLUTION THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE AND CLEAN UP THE THE STEERTS PEOPLE BY PROVIDING HOME OR SHELTER TO LIVE IN AND PROVIDE EDUCATION FOOD,LABOR OR EDUCATION FOR CHLIDERN!!!”

  3. umeaurpagli said, on March 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Hummm…one of the things that i want to say about rikashawalaz is that some how they need to raise their price or the government should do something.
    Because when i was in Bangladesh last time Raksha bhara was the same amount as it was before i moved from Bangladesh….but all the other stuff that we need in our daily basis is highly increased … we have to understand about their needs too

  4. Khaled Saifullah said, on March 6, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Well rikashwalaz’s cost as has increased but not as much as stuff that we need in our daily basis. Because of the price increased not only the rikashwalazs got affected but they are in the low incoming group. YES we have to understand their needs too but I think government need to play a significant role.

  5. Md. Robiul Islam, Director, BESF said, on December 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I want to work for the street people and I respect them those are working for them.

  6. karabi said, on February 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

    because bangladeshi government is the BIGGEST SON OF THE BITCH.
    they need to do those job that street people do for a try , and live in their shoes..
    or they would never know.
    bangladesh need some educated and intelligent people to run the country not someones WIDOW WIFE or SOMEONES STUPID DAUGHTER.

    GET REAL …POLITICS IS NOT EMOTION. you need lots of brain i mean LOTS OF IT..to run a country that has so many people with very little resources.

    come to australia and see who run this country….and why there is no poor people.
    simple math…but bangladeshi prime minister has no brain to solve a simple math. it call

    OPEN YOUR EYES , LOOK AROUND , IDENTIFY PROBLEM , SORT IT…

  7. Mohammad Robiul Islam said, on February 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am the Director of Bangladesh Shikkha o Seba foundation, 21/2, (3dr floor)Khilji Road, Md.pur, Dhaka. I expect to re cure the problems of them.

  8. Aymana said, on August 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    This is very most important for people money poor. I was see him, he is 6 years old, he is only one alone in the road, he left behind mother, father and brother-sister. When he was poor money. He does not have money poor, he was sad. So, i heard very sad.

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