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 inhabitants of the biggest cities in developing Countries live in slums, and every year this number increases by additional 27 million. 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. Slums’ inhabitants have to deal everyday with the lack of basic infrastructures such as drinking water, drains and sanitation facilities, and are affected by pollution and constant migration. Within 10 years, Dhaka will reach 20 million inhabitants and will be, together with Mumbai, Tokyo, New York, Mexico City and Seoul, one of the 6 biggest cities in the world. (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.