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Stone Workers of Jaflong, Bangladesh
2008

The Piyain river flows in the valley bringing water from the mighty Himalayas. On one river bank, ten thousand labourers work relentlessly- in fact 2,500 of them are women, and nearly 1,500 children.
« Dhaka houses that look like palaces, where rich men live, are made from the same stones we sieve from the river. But in this day of hardship, we hardly have money for a bowl of rice," says Kulsum Begum, 52.
The Piyain brings with it several million tons of stone boulders. The workers who earn less than two dollars a day, meet 90 percent of the stones required to supply the growing demand for the booming construction industry of the country.

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