Life in the slum of Dhaka

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

According to a research carried out by the United Nations, in the next decades 95% of world demographic growth will happen in developing countries. Presently, one billion people in world cities live in slums, and every year that number increases 27 million further. The worst situation is registered in Asia, particularly in Bangladesh. Dhaka has 12 million inhabitants, of which 3 million live in slums, huge areas made of hovels with mat walls and tin-plated roofs that are rebuilt after every rainy season. Slum inhabitants have to deal everyday with lack of basic infrastructures such as drinking water, sewage and sanitation facilities, pollution and constant migration.  (text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.

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