Laundrymen on the Buriganga banks

  • Laundrymen like Md Rahman run away from the camera for fear of losing customers once their identities are disclosed in the media. Rahman admits that the water is polluted but he has no alternative to washing such a large amount of clothes at home. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Laundrymen like Md Rahman run away from the camera for fear of losing customers once their identities are disclosed in the media. Rahman admits that the water is polluted but he has no alternative to washing such a large amount of clothes at home. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Headlines in the media often scream, 'Clothes are being washed in the dirty water of Buriganga River'. But Rahman asks who is behind the pollution of the river water? He says he is forced to wash clothes there because he has no other option. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rahman had washed all sorts of clothes there earlier. But the number of orders sharply dropped after the water of Buriganga River got contaminated. He now washes clothes only from decoration services. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rahman had washed all sorts of clothes there earlier. But the number of orders sharply dropped after the water of Buriganga River got contaminated. He now washes clothes only from decoration services. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rahman had washed all sorts of clothes there earlier. But the number of orders sharply dropped after the water of Buriganga River got contaminated. He now washes clothes only from decoration services. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rahman had washed all sorts of clothes there earlier. But the number of orders sharply dropped after the water of Buriganga River got contaminated. He now washes clothes only from decoration services. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rahman gets Tk 700 per day for washing and drying clothes from an organisation but he does not have work every day like before. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rahman gets Tk 700 per day for washing and drying clothes from an organisation but he does not have work every day like before. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Laundrymen on the banks of the Buriganga river used to wash clothes from hospital, laundry and decoration services. Hospital and laundry services have now stopped sending clothes to them for wash after the pollution turned the river water unusable. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Laundrymen on the banks of the Buriganga river used to wash clothes from hospital, laundry and decoration services. Hospital and laundry services have now stopped sending clothes to them for wash after the pollution turned the river water unusable. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A laundryman is drying clothes after washing them on the banks of Buriganga River in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi