This is Abinta, Tarishi and Faraaz. They were slaughtered last night during the Dhaka attacks. Please remember their names

Remember that Tarishi went to UC Berkeley and started an amazing clothing line called EthiCAL Apparel, which aimed to eradicate poverty.

Remember that Abinta and Faraaz went to Emory and were extremely hardworking students and radiated nothing but positivity everywhere they went.

Faraaz is a hero that was murdered for trying to protect his friends. The terrorist group leaked photos of them, dead, lying in pools of blood - holding on to each other. Please don’t let these gruesome images be what they are remembered for. Don’t let this awful event define them, remember them for the mark they made on this world.

These three were senselessly murdered in their home country and I will not rest until they are memorialised. Please stop turning this into a political debate, please stop trying to bash our amazing country. Just remember that these are real people, they had real lives and friends and ambitions. Remember them.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed. As detailed in this story, some progress has been made in improving conditions for Bangladeshi factory workers, but there is still a long way to go, particularly as large American retailers like Target and Wal-Mart haven’t signed on to the international inspection agreement. (They say they’re doing their own inspections.)

The victims’ fund also remains critically underfunded as many brands that bought clothes from the factory–including JC Penney and Benetton–have failed to make contributions.

96 people killed in Baghdad, Iraq, with a rising death toll.

40 people killed in Ataturk Airport, Istanbul.

20 people killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Violence has no religion. No tragedy is worse or more outrageous because of geographical location. Their lives are as important as anyone else’s in the West. 


Nerdfighters in Bangladesh were able to petition a local theatre to show The Fault in Our Stars. To celebrate their success, they made this fan-made promo. Movie debuts this July 18th in Dhaka.


Pursuing Crazy Dreams with Bangladeshi Documentary Photographer @ismailferdous

For more Ismail’s documentary reportage, follow @ismailferdous on Instagram.

Ismail Ferdous (@ismailferdous) is a 26-year-old photojournalist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. His work has taken him around the world, capturing vignettes of life from South East Asia to Latin America to the conflicted border of Turkey and Syria. At home in Bangladesh, he continues to work on a long-term project called “The Cost of Fashion” that began on April 24th, 2013, when a clothing factory collapsed in Dhaka, killing over 1,000 garment workers inside.

“I believe when people really pursue their passions and pursue what they believe in and what they love, and then genuine results will come out of that,” says Ismail. “For me, being a photographer is not just a job but it’s a passion. When I started photography my parents and other people used to tell me I should focus on my business career or that photography is not worthwhile. They said being a photographer is some crazy dream I would never attain. People can be discouraging, and some people listen to them, and they end up not pursuing their passion. But I knew inside that I was going to pursue photography.”

Ismail describes the first steps of his long journey, saying, “when I decided to become a photographer, I knew I wanted to be a documentary photographer. But it took a while to feel confident inside myself that I could do this job. Before I could convince other people I had to convince myself. Eventually I made the decision of what I wanted to do with my life. I started witnessing people’s stories not in an educational point of view, not from afar, but really what happens to people in the course of history. To me, that’s the utmost meaningful experience one can have—and so that’s exactly why I became a photographer.”