Bhola is the largest Island of Bangladesh, located in the southern part, situated where freshwater from the rivers meets saltwater from the Bay of Bengal. On the Bhola Island, fisher communities live in close proximity to the river where land is cheaper. This allows them to live close to their livelihood. At the same time, this location makes them vulnerable to river bank erosion, which, according to villagers, has been increasing in recent years.

Abul Kalam(30) stands on the bank of river Meghna where he lost his home due to river erosion in Bhola.
Somaia(10) poses for a portrait, stands on the bank of river Meghna where her home lost due to erosion in Bhola.
Mohammad Kawsar lost his home in river erosion, cutting date palms, which are threatened by river erosion in Bhola.
Sharif(15) poses for a portrait on the bank of river Meghna where his land and home lost due to erosion in Bhola.
Maruf(9) with his younger brother poses for a portrait on the bank of river Meghna in Bhola. They live with their parents on a boat as they lost their land due to river erosion.
Lokman Miah(30) is a fisherman cooking on a fishing boat in Bhola.
Mesu Mazi(75) is a fisherman, poses for a portrait in front of his home in Kolatoli island, Bhola, Bangladesh, on August 2, 2017. He has been displaced five times due to erosion.
Fishermen wait on the bank of river Meghna before going to catch fish in Bhola.
Belal(15) carries fish, walks along a muddy street in Bhola.
Women are going back to their home after collecting pure drinking water in Bhola, Bangladesh, on August 2, 2017. Due to sea-level rising resulting from climate change, limited sweet water sources of the coastal area have widely been contaminated with saline water.
Children play at an abandoned park that is threatened by river erosion in Bhola.
A stream of villagers are on their way to Dhaka, in search of better living conditions. Bhola, Bangladesh, on August 3, 2017.
A landing stage, which is threatened by erosion at the river Meghna in Bhola.
A family, who lost their land and home due to river erosion in Bhola, is on their way to Dhaka, in search of better living conditions.
Probal Rashid

About Probal Rashid

Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism through a scholarship program of World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He also holds an MBA. His works have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines such as The National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, GEO, New York Post, Days Japan, Paris Match, The Wall Street Journal, Stern, RVA, The Telegraph, Focus magazine and The Guardian. Moreover, his photographs have been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, USA and some of his works selected by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts for their permanent collection. Probal is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Pictures Of the Year International (POYi), Days Japan Photojournalism Award, China International Press Photo Award (CHIPP), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards, Yonhap International Press Photo Awards, KL International Photo award, FCCT/OnAsia Photojournalism, “Zoom-in on Poverty” Global Photo Award, CGAP microfinance photo award, WPGA Annual Pollux Awards in U.K, International Year of Biodiversity Award and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest.