Born to work


“I see the beauty of people and the human soul in the pictures I take. And though the circumstances of some of the people I portray may be grim, back-breaking, depraved, the people themselves are always remarkable characters and souls” Gmb Akash

Child working in a silver cooking pot factory.© GMB Akash

17.5 percent of all children aged between 5-15 are engaged in economic activities. The average child labourer earns between 400 to 700 taka (1 USD = 70 taka) per month



Child working at a silver cooking pot factory. The child labourers earn about 200 taka ($1=70tk) per week and they work about 10 hours a day. Dhaka, Bangladesh.© GMB Akash

© GMB Akash

© GMB Akash

  “He laughs, he run & his eyes sparks like any other kids we see around us. When they spend hours after hours under pressure to become one of capable member of their family, they start to diminish. Poor families have to send their child to face the cruel world by sending them in factories, streets instead of school. Little children start to know the world by sleeping in the street, breaking bricks or carrying sands”  Gmb Akash

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Shilu works separating sand and stone. At least 10,000 people, including 2,500 women and over 1,000 children, are engaged in stone and sand collection from the Bhollar Ghat on the banks of the Piyain River. Building materials such as stone and sand, and the cement which is made from it, are in short supply in Bangladesh, and commands a high price from building contractors. The average income is around 150 taka (less than 2 USD) a day. Jaflong, Sylhet




Rahman (12) is beating by the owner of the textile factory. His job is sewing children t-shirt. In the mean time of work he was slow to deliver, that’s why he hit by the owner. He earns $1 by ten hrs of work in a day. Dhaka. Bangladesh

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13 years old Fatema is getting older with the experience of carrying brick for construction sites. She has to take materials for construction firms & moves up to sixth floor with all those heavy materials all day long. She got 1500 tk per month for carrying countless buckets from morning to noon. Surprisingly, this 13 years girl represents herself way too older than her real age. Dual shade of her face, displaying the lost child in the reality of surviving. Dhaka. Bangladesh

© GMB Akash

© GMB Akash

© GMB Akash

Tired Motalib (12) was taking rest in the sand field of Jaflong, Sylhet. Before sun shine he starts to collect stones in his basket. In sunset when the contractor counts stones & fix money in order, he gets some time to relax. He can take 35-40 tk when he leaves the field. While he looked into the camera his sweat & sand covered body defeated by his curious eyes & innocent smile.


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Nine years old Shakil’s job is to make balloons. In the time of making these colorful toys, he himself mixes by those powder ingredients. His has done his works usually after the sunset. If any balloon is not fit to sell then the seller gives it to him. He keeps it for his young sister because he usually didn’t get any time to play. He gets 700 tk for a whole month of working, Dhaka.

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© GMB Akash

“Their innocent smile can break your heart into enormous pieces if you stand in front of where they work [and] live.”

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“I want to deliver their voices to all of you & their hidden pain & cries. If any of you spend one second in a thought to help or even a prayer for them is the reward of all hard work”  Gmb Akash


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“All the time the heartless scenario, people sufferings & my inner emptiness had frozen my finger to click. But with all those sorrows in expression accompanied by smile when they give a look, they push me to overcome anything. & then my clicks never take a break”  Gmb Akash


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These are the hands of Alamin, 11 years old brick field worker who starts work from 5am. Smoke & ashes covers Alamin’s whole body but works never cover a smile in his face. He carries brick from the field to kiln. He usually carries 4 bricks at a time top of his head. per brick is almost 2.5 kg in weight. For 1000 bricks the workers get 80 Tk. Alamin covered with smoke & ashes, at the same time he carries 400 bricks a day in cost of his fadedness. His family comes from Kishorgonj with their three children and all of them are selling their childhood costing per day nearly 80Tk.

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“No one has the time to listen them, they are mostly unseen human. I tell their stories, depicts their emotions, steal their sorrows in my frame…if these stories ever touch your heart please feel free to share ….your sole help can even awaken people to bring their hands to these lost souls..” Gmb Akash

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20 thoughts on “Born to work

  1. this is what all happening in front of my eyes also. I am truly interested to help them and if u help me in this regard than i will be grateful to u…

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  2. Last time we meet in Italy. Keep you internal flame going. I never miss a chance to visit your website or any other social contact. Keep working & discovering. I totally agree with Zubaer Ahmed. Thanks for capturing such powerful photos…

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  3. There are lots of people who always say that show the positive image of your country in your photo. But this is the real picture of the country. What we are use to see each and every day. I just want to give you thanks for all this powerful photos. Thanks .

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    • Thanks Shaiful for your understanding. I am in an endless journey towards an infinite route, only to find a real world of humanity. This thirst is eternal. I will keep walking, touching every faces I drop through my lens. I will show the world those unknown stories of sufferings. If a single hand comes to give them a shade that is the real honor of my sweat.

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  7. I’m 20 years old and from Vietnam. Until now i still can’t cook a meal in a good way, i always depends on my parents about expenses for my university or for my living here at Hanoi. Though my country is still a developing country but i never see many kids working so hard like that. I can never imagine that a 5 year-old-kid has to work until i see your photos. Maybe i will re-think about my lifestyle, at least help my parents in housework. Oh, thank you so much for helping me has a new look on my life!

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    • Dear Yen, It’s positive when after seeing these photos you feel to take a step, even realizing their situation can help. My coming book “Survivors” has already impacted few’s life in positive way by lifting their families financially. I hope from my heart I will be able to continue to assist them at least from my part.

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  8. Gracias, porque nos haces tomar conciencia de lo que sucede hoy en el mundo, que las circunstancias de otros son más terribles que las nuestras. que las desigualdad social, los derechos humanos, son un tema que por siglos no ha cambiado, sin embargo existimos personas que quisiéramos cambiar esto como sea, pero como empezar…..como poder hacer algo al respecto, no quisiera simplemente ver esto y dar gracias a Dios porque mi hijo esta durmiendo abrigado en su cama…mientras que niños de su misma edad, trabajan para poder comer. pero gracias porque mientra existan personas que vean lo que otros no ven a través de sus camaras, seguimos con esperanza de poder hacer algo.

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  10. I just want to say jazakallhu Khairun to brother Akash for doing what he is: bringing to attention in sharp relief the suffering and injustice all around us.
    May your work open minds and hearts, may it bring ease to the innocent and oppressed. Ameen

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