Images of Jheelpur Slum

Children play and eat on the streets, unsupervised by anyone in particular but watched by the whole community.


In this space used to be homes. They have been bulldozed as the land (owned by the government and lived on illegally by the slum dwellers) is being “grabbed” by the owner of the garment factory (the tall building at the back right of the photo).

ARBAN Bangladesh is helping the slum dwellers fight this – they have lived there for 29 years, these shacks may be basic but they are their homes.




Cooking is done on clay ovens – seen here being made. Off-cuts from the garment factory are used as fuel, but they don’t create much heat. Wood is more expensive.