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Dangerous journey: these people risk their lives every day while travelling to work! 7/25/2016 •

For many Bangladeshi people this journey becomes fatal, but every day they keep climbing to the roofs of trains since this is the only way to get to work and earn some money.


Almost 3,000 km of railway network connects Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, with Chittagong, the second largest city in the country, and Calcutta, a big city on the East of India. The railroad was built during the rule of the British East India Company long before Bangladesh got independence.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Many people’s monthly income is far below the poverty line. In order to earn their living, many Bangladeshis have to travel to other cities by train. However, the trains are often overcrowded and there is no enough space for all passengers. That makes people travel sitting right on top of train cars or even on car couplings. Another reason for such risky behavior is that many travelers simply cannot afford to buy the tickets.

Falling from trains, which leads to bad traumas or death, is a common occasion in Bangladesh. In spite of this danger, people keep travelling like this in any weather and season.

Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash decided to travel on top of the train and capture people who have to go to work this way every day. His photo project got a critical acclaim and various awards:

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