Another Atheist blogger in Bangladesh was hacked to pieces. Allegedly, three men confronted the blogger outside of his house, in broad daylight, and killed him amidst many witnesses and passerby’s who did nothing to stop them. They didn’t even flinch.

According to an interview with one of the two arrested murderers, they themselves did not know the blogger, didn’t know the content of their posts, and actually didn’t even know what blogging was. They were simply ‘instructed’ to kill the blogger with no further context. I don’t find this surprising at all, given that internet and blogging are unavailable to the greater Bangladeshi population. At this time the motive seems more political than religious, although skepticism is the best key here before making any conclusions. 

I’m not familiar with the blogger or their blogging content but again, there is no excuse for killing someone based on their opinions however unpopular they may be. This trend in Bangladesh is reprehensible and people need to really start reevaluating the basis for their belief systems if they warrant killing someone over a mere ideological or political disagreement.

The Bangladeshi genocide was not 200 or 100 years ago, it was 44 years ago. My aunt still remembers moving from camp to camp, the sound of bombs, and the crowded train ride back home. Don’t tell me to get over something that robbed my people of their sons, that left us in poverty,and crime. The Pakistani government still has not apologized, they don’t even inform their own citizens about the events that occurred in ‘71.

Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can’t afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages. (Photo and caption by Amy Helene Johansson)

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WATER AND LAND
The Creation is a unique, irreplaceable gift, therefore to be used with humility, respect, and skill.
-  Wendell Berry

EXHIBITIONS
The Empty Quarter Gallery
Gate Village Building 2,
 DIFC
Dubai, UAE
March 16 - April 16, 2015 

Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
Monza, Italy
Until April 6, 2015

CT Gallery
Finding the Sublime
112, rue Saint-François74120
Megève, France
Until April 4, 2015

My grandmother was the strongest person I have ever known.During the Bangladeshi genocide she was pregnant, fleeing to village to village for 9 months, trying to avoid capture. Imagine the stress of not finding clean water, indoor plumbing, medicine, and food while you’re pregnant. On top of that she had to make sure that her younger sisters were covered and out of sight to avoid getting raped by the Pakistani soldiers. It makes me sad knowing how many of my people suffered in the hands of a government that was supposed to protect them. Do not forget about the 3 million Bangladeshis that died to protect their people. The 10 million that got displaced because of religious persecution and violence. Do not forget the 200,000 women raped and that got disowned by their families. Do not forget about us and our struggle to become a secular nation.

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march 22 is world water day. globally, 783 million people lack access to clean water, and 3.6 million people — including 1.5 million children — die every year from entirely preventable water related illnesses. contaminated water is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. 

women and children (girls twice as likely as boys) bear primary responsibility for water collection in most of the world’s households. in impoverished african and asian communities, the walk to get water is 3.7 miles on average. this is time not spent earning income or attending school. an additional 443 million school days are lost each year due to water related illness in children. 

more than one billion people around the world live in slums like the ones seen above, where they usually pay five to ten times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city. consider that by 2030, the number of people living in slums is expected to double, and that by 2050, 4 billion people could face water stress or scarcity conditions. 

photos by: 1. paul jeffrey in a displacement camp in juba, south sudan; 2. khalid rayhan shawon in drought stricken gabura, bangladesh; 3. gmb akash from the mollar slum in dhaka, bangladesh; 4. kate holt in bokola village, malawi; 5 john minchillo in mumbai’s dhavari slum; 6. tatan syuflana in the slums of jakarta, indonesia; 7. matthieu paley of afghanistan’s kyrgyz nomads 8. kate holt in port au prince, haiti; 9.robert mcpherson in nairobi’s kibera slum; 10, chris steele perkins in bangladesh. 

Photo of the Week: International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements while calling for greater action to ensure that every woman and every girl has equal access to the opportunities and skills that empower her to create her own future. With the help of government cash transfers, Eva’s mother, a single parent in Dhaka’s Korail slum in Bangladesh, has opened a tea stall. The income she earns supports the family and sends Eva to school. ©UNICEF/BANA2013-00671/Khan

Top Shot: Brick-a-Brac Balancing Act

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A man balances 14 bricks on his head in order to transport them for work in Khulna, Bangladesh. Photograph by Zubayer Ahmed.