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Munni (9 years old) collects drinking water from a communal hand pump in her slum on the bank of river Buriganga in Old Dhaka.

Like thousands of women and children, she too survives on resources from Buriganga. To support her family, she scavenges for metal on a dumpsite on the bank of river. She has three sisters and one brother. Her father died recently in a boat accident. Her mother works six days a week and earns Taka 400 /week ($7).

Munni’s mother Sofia Begum said, “Only I know how I manage to feed my children. Often just to feed them plain rice with salt and onion, I have to borrow money from my neighbours. School? Education is not for poor people like us.”

Buriganga River. Dhaka. Bangladesh.

Posted by Shehzad Noorani on 2008-05-17 02:34:41

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