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August 2017 Featured Photographer of the Month

Survivor: Survived Against all the Odds

Farida Alam | Bangladesh

Pregnancy is a time of happiness, excitement, and anticipation. This is the moment of every expecting mother's life when they need emotional support to ease their pain. In this photograph, the midwife is massaging oil on Dulary’s belly to comfort her. During their pregnancy the traditional midwives of the society always guide them.

In Bangladesh, the nomadic community, known as the Bede community, is a unique social group of people with distinctive culture and heritage.

This photo series represents the story of a pregnant Bede woman named Dulary who already had four children when she gave birth to her fifth child — a boy. They never visit doctors unless it becomes crucial. It is a tradition of theirs that women give birth with help of traditional midwives. When someone has labor pains, a group usually leaves their work and stays to support the pregnant woman. Also, the other groups who go to work share their earning with the women who stay home. Such a wonderful tradition and bonding they share makes them unique.

It’s true that the birth process is unhygienic and they are far away from all the basic needs but this is the way they are leading their lives for decades. Among all the pessimism I found them happy. I wanted to explore the birth process in Bede community, who has survived against all odds.


Farida Alam

E-mail: seturida@gmail.com

Mobile No: +8801819220099

Dhaka, Bangladesh




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