The photographer Pascal Manaerts has visited Dhaka in November 2015. He was investigating the Hazaribagh facility where many leather factories are placed. This region is considered to be one of the most polluted cities in the world. Catastrophic accident has happened there in 2013. 1129 people have died when the building Rana Plaza has crashed. In this building, the local people were sewing cheap clothes for western brands. Therefore, this young photographer wanted to see the conditions in which these people are working.
The Life In One Of The Most Polluted Cities In The World
Namely, the Hazaribagh has more than 186.000 residents and is one of the poorest countries in the whole world. Moreover, it is one of the most polluted cities in the world. These leather factories are the main source of employment in this poor country. It is sad that the workers here are paid 2 dollars per day. This is very humiliating and not humane. The employers there do not treat these people as human beings. However, scary information is that small children are also exploited in these factories.
Therefore, this situation is opposite to all human rights. Namely, according to the United Nations, the government needs to protect children below 18 years from economic exploitation. Moreover, they need to protect the kids from every work that is dangerous for their health. In addition, people here are working without any protection. This is dangerous because they are handling with harmful and toxic chemicals.
Moreover, a lot of waste is thrown out from the factories. This waste is polluting the soil and the water in this city. Therefore, this leads to many diseases and side effects. The diseases are not treated because the salaries are too small. With these salaries they cannot buy enough food for themselves. So, it is not surprising the fact that this is one of the most polluted cities in the world. In addition, the summer temperatures are above 40 degrees. This additionally complicates the life of these poor people. They are hoping that the government will do something about this serious problem. They receive some charity there. But, it is too little. There are many people who need help. So, if anybody is able to help them they will be grateful.