Fallen stars

Child labor is a visible part of everyday life in Bangladesh. Employers often prefer to employ children because they are cheaper and considered to be more compliant and obedient than adults. They are also exposed to situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, violence and exploitation.

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Shakil (12) covered with all those aluminum substance at the factory; Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Shakil (12) covered with all those aluminum substance at the factory; Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Shakil falls asleep on his tools after hard work at aluminum factory, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Shakil falls asleep on his tools after hard work at aluminum factory, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

According to the ILO (International Labor Organization) 2006 there are about 3.2 million child laborers in Bangladesh. On average, children work 28 hours a week and earn 222 BDT (just US $3.3) a week. His vast majority of children (93 per cent) work in the informal sector which makes enforcement of the relevant legislation challenging.

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; a boy of garbage dump yard. Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; a boy of garbage dump yard. Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Delwar collects scrap metals and plastic from garbage at main dump yard of that located in Anandabazar dump yard, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Delwar collects scrap metals and plastic from garbage at main dump yard of that located in Anandabazar dump yard, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

Many child laborers miss out on their right to education because they do not have the time to go to school or to study. As a result, working children get stuck in low paying, low-skilled jobs, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Jamal busy collecting scrap plastic and metal in hazardous condition at Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Jamal busy collecting scrap plastic and metal in hazardous condition at Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; A silent howl at garbage dump yard. Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; a silent howl at garbage dump yard. Anandabazar dump yard, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

“I have started my project on child labor from last three years. I am documenting life of child labor, which was a result of curiosity of many children. I am very much interested to those children who work away from their home and family. I wonder how they cope up with their daily life with that hazardous condition like brickfield, aluminum factory, shipyard and garbage dump yard.

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Daily life at Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; daily life at Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; at brickfield workers have only unhealthy and very cheaper rice and vegetable for their lunch. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; at brickfield workers have only unhealthy and very cheaper rice and vegetable for their lunch. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Rubel (12) washes his body when he back home after finish work on aluminum factory. Slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Rubel (12) washes his body when he back home after finish work on aluminum factory. Slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

I’ve started following Shafik (11 yo) and few others who work in a brickfield in Chittagong. His family live in an Island named Hatia in Bay of Bengal. Shafik working at Bakkar brickfield, as his father wants him to do so. His father took 6000 BDT (80$) for six months agreement from master, who collect children’s as a labor from different village of Bangladesh.

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Shafik (11) working above the pile of burning bricks in a brickfield. The work is extremely dangerous and vulnerable for children. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Shafik (11) working above the pile of burning bricks in a brickfield. The work is extremely dangerous and vulnerable for children. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series "Fallen Stars"; Shafik was beaten by his master in brick field and he accused to play in working hour. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

© Md Shahnewaz Khan from the series “Fallen Stars”; Shafik was beaten by his master in brick field and he accused to play in working hour. Bakkar brickfield in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013

I would like to document Shafik and few other child labours lives, dreams and future following few of them on their working environment and their family living different districts of Bangladesh, Asian & African countries. I would like to document their lives, dreams and undervalued labor of these children with my work.”

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Md Shahnewaz Khan

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