27 March 2023

“I used to be scared of people because of how they treated us”

Hasib does not know his exact age. He guesses that he should be 12 now, and that he first came to Dhaka from his village in southwestern Bangladesh when he was just 7. He does not remember much of his childhood, but he remembers how sad and angry he felt when he had to leave his home, in search of a better life. His father had left the family, and…, Forced to fend for the family, Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister. Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister. Hasib lived on the streets with his mother Hasina for several years. With the…, A sanctuary for children who have nowhere else to go, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children, UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children. Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a…, Back to school and a place to stay, Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own. Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own. The pressure of providing for his mother and sister sometimes became too much for Hasib. When he first…, Social workers making a difference, Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family. With her support, Hasib started going to school again. Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family. With her support, Hasib started going to school again. Hasib’s story shows how a skilled and motivated…
07 March 2023

A fighting chance for baby Mahdi

Baby Mahdi’s problems started long before he was born in a village on the banks of the Rakti River in northeastern Bangladesh. His mother Ismat Ara came from a poor family and her fate was already decided: her parents arranged her marriage and she dropped out of school. Baby Mahdi’s family relies on daily wages from his father Mohammad Kawser,…, One day at a time: Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh Ramadan_UNICEF_029.JPG, One day at a time: Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh On a good day he makes 200 to 300 taka (about $2 to $3) and on a bad day there is nothing to bring home. If he cannot find work, there is no food for the small family. They mostly eat rice and vegetables, and they miss…, Ismat Ara was little more than a child herself when she gave birth to Mahdi., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances. Ramadan_UNICEF_140.JPG, Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family. Ramadan_UNICEF_016.JPG, On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Ismat Ara was little more than a child herself when she gave birth to Mahdi. Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances. On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family. A few months after Mahdi was born, floods hit their village. Stranded in the…, The worried parents crossed the Rakti river to find treatment for Mahdi., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. Ramadan_UNICEF_071.JPG, Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul The worried parents crossed the Rakti river to find treatment for Mahdi. Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. They traveled through muddy roads and by boat to Tahirpur hospital where Mahdi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. He was fed therapeutic milk called F-75 and F-…, Children like Mahdi, born to the poorest families and to mothers who have dropped out of school, are more likely to suffer from malnutrition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Ramadan_UNICEF_081.JPG, Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Ramadan_UNICEF_085.JPG, Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Children like Mahdi, born to the poorest families and to mothers who have dropped out of school, are more likely to suffer from malnutrition. Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. A race…, Therapeutic milk is essential for treating children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and for restoring their appetite., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk. Ramadan_UNICEF_090.JPG, Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition. Ramadan_UNICEF_042.JPG, UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi was in the UNICEF-supported hospital for eight days. Ramadan_UNICEF_104 (1).JPG, Mahdi was in the UNICEF-supported hospital for eight days., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Therapeutic milk is essential for treating children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and for restoring their appetite. Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk. UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition. Mahdi was in the UNICEF-…, Although baby Mahdi is now out of danger, but his father worries about the future., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents UNICEF_Ramadan_Phase_2007.JPG, Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents UNICEF_Ramadan_Phase_2025 (1).JPG, Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Although baby Mahdi is now out of danger, but his father worries about the future. Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents But the future is still uncertain. Mohammad Kawser worries that his son will get sick again because food is becoming more…