Dangerous journey: these people risk their lives every day while travelling to work!

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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Randy Grady
Meanwhile, many Americans refuse to work and prefare to live off welfare.
Jul 25, 2016 9:51PM
Kate Dodds
Think when you buy cheap clothes. You too Randy Grady; not everything is about the USA your contribution to human misery is immense.
Jul 25, 2016 9:56PM
Randy Grady
You know nothing about me nor the many charities and non-profits I contribute time and money to. If you are passionate enough, go to Third World Country and act in person. We cannot end problems in our own country, let alone world wide.
Jul 25, 2016 9:59PM
keoki lyon
Excellent point
Jul 25, 2016 10:00PM
Gilda Page
Very interesting! !!
Jul 25, 2016 10:16PM
Danny More
Danny More
And do you know the US Government gives this country billions in Aid.... But where is it at? You can bet the people don't get it...
Jul 25, 2016 10:20PM
Virginia Burns
Virginia Burns
Keoki Lyon welfare was intended to be "a bridge over troubled waters", not a lifetime event
Jul 25, 2016 10:31PM
Adrienne Nelson
Then there are those who work every day and are unable to make enough money upon which to live.
Jul 25, 2016 10:33PM
Caroline Wilson
Yes true Randy some americans refuse to work. This problem happens everywhere even in the UK. Welfare was suppose to be a temporary problem. Then there's people who want to work but ordered by their doctor not to work due to a medical condition.
Jul 25, 2016 11:04PM
David Tyner
David Tyner
I am assame that nohting is getting better for these better for these people. I am dismayed in mankind
Jul 26, 2016 12:02AM
Christine Richards
Wow..my hats off to them..see what some people going through..amazing...
Jul 26, 2016 1:41AM
Yolanda Solis
I admire these people for what they go through to earn money. On the other hand I dislike the way many people in the US abuse the welfare system!
Jul 26, 2016 2:17AM
Nina Kamwene
Nina Kamwene
What a difference where one is born or lives makes? I am grateful to be here in the USA.
Jul 26, 2016 2:22AM
Sandy Coatney
Jul 26, 2016 4:56AM
Colette Sabine Brenaman
Colette Sabine Brenaman
Notice there's not a person here with an ounce of extra weight on their bones.
Jul 26, 2016 3:02PM

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