Life on the River in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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At this moment the country of Bangladesh is passing through a kind of anguish. Old wounds from the civil war with Pakistan are being dredged up in trials against Bangladeshis who sided with Pakistan and are accused of war crimes. So, an alliance of opposition parties has decreed a series of strikes, “hartels.” Buses, cars, trucks only move at the risk of being bombed with molatov cocktails during a hartel. So, in order to reach a seminary for leading a devotional on creation care we used a river boat.

In spite of being oily-black with pollution, the river has life! We even saw large dolphins—several times—but every time I was too slow to photograph them. There was an amazingly colored kingfisher: I think his colors could be described as cobalt blue and satiny rust. There were women washing their sari dresses in the river, too. And there were men doing the incredible heavy labor kind of work that seems so typical in south Asian countries. I don’t know how they do it!

Washing Clothes in the River

Washing Clothes in the River

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Sand Boats Weighed Down, Barely Alfloat

Sand Boats Weighed Down, Barely Alfloat

Heavy Lifting: Unloading the Sand Boats

Heavy Lifting: Unloading the Sand Boats

Brick Boat on Weighed Down on the River

Brick Boat on Weighed Down on the River
Gathering Grass Along the River

Gathering Grass Along the River

 

Washing & Drying Clothes By the River

Washing & Drying Clothes By the River

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