Price Hike: Moving Towards Malnutrition

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Rice shop at Kawran Bazar. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Alma earns Taka 2000 to 2500 per day by begging. However, she has to pay 700 taka per month as house rent. Since her husband’s death seven years ago she says she is helpless with her nine years-old physically handicapped boy Almas. These recent days have been very difficult for her since she can neither manage food, house rent nor buy medicine for her ill child. She says she has heard that the government has special allowance for disabled children and she has been trying to enlist her son’s name with the local chairman who has continuously refused her request. Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Mafizur Rahman, who was once a carpenter, cannot work since his accident caused by a truck. His eldest son is the sole breadwinner of a family of seven. As his son is a day laborer even there are days he cannot earn a single penny. His monthly income varies from 2000 to 3500 taka per month and with a house rent of 700 taka per month it has now become impossible to survive when rice costs taka 35 to 50 per kilogram. Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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After a long time Shakil has come to visit his grandmother’s house where his mother Salma used to rear goats. But over the last few months the price of goat food has doubled reduces scope for profit. The income from this source is also gradually dwindling.

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Dal at a grocer’s shop at Kawran Bazar. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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“Tell the government to kill us. Rice costs 50 taka and news reports yesterday stated that it is soon going to be 70!” mourns Fulbanu, who has to support her family of seven members with taka 4500 per month. Dholpur , Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Mohammad Amirul Islam a forty five years old rickshaw puller earns about 6000 taka per month. He could have earned more if he didnÂ’t have to pay more money to the rickshaw owner on the pretext of recent price hike. Once he had planned to own his own rickshaw but now that is only wishful thinking as he faces trouble in maintaining his family with only his limited income. Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Minara begum (40) works in a day care centre in a slum. Her husband pulls rickshaw and together they earn seven thousand taka per month. But what with the house rent and other expenses it has become impossible for them to stay in this city with such a high price of daily necessities. Price of daily necessities is increasing but not their income. Dholpur, Dhaka , Bangladesh.

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Oil shop at Kawran Bazar.

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Asma (35) pays 3800 taka for her one room. Her husband Sultan Molla (now admitted in a hospital) used to work as a driver of a private car. Her elder son earns the same as his father (7000 taka per month). Asma says she has not been able to pay tuition fees of her children for the last two months. She has already borrowed some money from her neighbors. Sukrabad, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

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Rashida Begum (45) sells tea and other groceries in a temporary roadside shop. “The money I earn from this shop is not enough. If I buy rice then I find I have no money to buy vegetables. In the past even during our worst days we did not face such problems. At least we could buy rice and some vegetables then.” Rashida earns 6000 to 7000 taka per month. She has to pay 2800 taka for house rent which has increased in the last two months on the pretext of increase in prices. With the rest of the income she can not manage either food for the family or medicine for her husband. Sukrabad, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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“Yesterday I went to BDR market to buy rice. I had to wait for five hours only to return empty handed. To save 10 taka per kilo I just lost my five hours which I could have used to earn more,” says Munni, a thirteen years old girl who works in a brush factory to support her family of nine members. Both she and her younger brother Dulal together earn nearly 2000 taka per month. With food as the main item on their budget she cannot even imagine to save money for her paralyzed fathers’ treatment. Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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