A person use musk on his face and stand in front of National Parliament house during the processing on HIV/AIDS. Dhaka December 2006 © Monirul Alam
“No one can help me, so I don’t have any other way except begging. I live on the street and everyday earn taka 30/40. I am also taking drugs for frustrating my life hood.”
-Zahid, a street beggar & drug user
A lame man is walking on the street at night. His name is Zahid who lost his left leg by suffering typhoid since his childhoods he said, after years he came to Dhaka from his village Bagura north part of Bangladesh and start begging for surviving. He said no one can help me, so I don’t have any other way except begging. I leave on the street and everyday earn taka 30/40. I am also taking drugs for frustrating my life hood. Some time the police pick me up from the street and release outskirts of Dhaka. We suffer a lot but no one can help us for a good job or rehabilitations. Like Zahid, many number of people who where suffering inhuman life and every day violating their human rights. Particularly women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, which cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography.
According to health ministry as of last year, 123 people died of AIDS,365 others got infected and 1207 found HIV positive. The first HIV positive patient in the country was identified in 1989. Drug abuse directly influences the economic and social aspects of a country. In Bangladesh it is a growing national concern.
There are millions of drug-addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30. And they are from all strata of the society. Although the country as a whole is deemed by the UN to be “low-risk”, the disease is spreading at a worrying rate among one section of society: intravenous drug addicts who reuse dirty needles in the urban slums of the capital. According to UNAIDS statistics, the number of HIV-positive drug users more than doubled between 2001 and 2005. Health experts warn that the risk of an epidemic is increased by that fact that many of the addicts also admit paying for sex – and only 10 percent say they always use a condom.
Most of these people are young, homeless and unemployed. Some of them don’t know anything about the disease they’ve got. Their frustration with life has led them to become drug addicts, and when you talk to them you realize they are just waiting for death because they have nothing else. Drug abuse is a growing national concern in Bangladesh. And in Dhaka HIV is widespread too.
An addict sleep on the street at Agargaon in day time where the public overpass him. Agargaon Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
Hundreds of sex workers and eunuch raised their strong voice in protest of the policy of Bush administration of USA that prohibit US global AIDS fund from going to any group or organization that does not oppose prostitution and thereby opposing the rights of sex workers in Dhaka, Central Shaid Minar.Dhaka 2005 © Monirul Alam
There are thousands of addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30 from all walks of life. A addict said, My life is like dog life, I am just waiting for death. Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
An drag addict sit on the tree without his dress and showing abnormal attitude with her fellow friends. Dhaka Mohanagar Ground near President House. Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
A sex worker is stand at Osmini Uddan in front her temporary tent. Osmani Uddin, Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
A NGO worker deal with sex worker at Osmiuddan Groud, NGO worker said some time they used veil because of their safety society people not to look good way to deal with sex worker. Osmani Uddin, Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
A street beggar and drug addict Zahid said, no one can help me, so I don’t have any other way except begging. I leave on the street and everyday earn taka 30/40. I am also taking drugs for frustrating my life hood. Bangla Motor Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
A group of drag addicts taking injecting drugs in open view of the public of a pedestrian overpass in Dhaka near the dhaka Medical College Hospital. © Monirul Alam
A sex worker Rupali said, every day number of client I deal some time they forced me and I used drugs for my relief, to me it’s really painful. Keranigonj Dhaka. © Monirul Alam
Actually this is my self photography project which title “A deadly game”. My work starts long years ago when I know about the HIV/AIDS. As a photojournalist, I find the street drug user who suffer more and face different problem like their basic rights, at the same time they don’t know or concern about their diseases. My main focus is that Street drug user to shown their actual condition as a human rights perspective. At the same time, I also show , in our society how to see them (drug user) and to respect their human rights through my photo story.
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