Working in a Bangladesh shipyard – in pictures

Bangladeshi photographer KM Asad captures life as a shipyard worker in Dhaka, where conditions are hot and often dangerous, all ages work together, and children grow up in a world of hard labour, missing out on formal education

A colourful shipyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A colourful shipyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A boy in the shipyard

A young worker in the shipyard. People of all ages are employed here

No one has time to talk

Everyone is kept busy. There is not much time to talk

Conditions can be hot and dangerous

Conditions can be hot and dangerous

Hands get dirty

Hands get dirty

It’s often noisy

It’s often noisy

Many children and young people work here

Many children and young people work here

Some start working here from the age of four or five

Some start working here from the age of four or five

Emplpoyed in hard manual labour

Children are employed to do hard, manual labour

A childhood in the shipyard means missing out on a formal education

A childhood in the shipyard means missing out on a formal education

 They grow up to be hard workers in a hazardous environment, but lack the education to reach their full potential

They grow up to be hard workers in a hazardous environment, but lack the education to reach their full potential

Frequently without goggles, risking serious injury or blindness, workers climb tall ropeladders to the ships’ highest points, risking death if they slip, yet they keep working, enjoying building the ships

Frequently without goggles, risking serious injury or blindness, workers climb tall ropeladders to the ships’ highest points, risking death if they slip, yet they keep working, enjoying building the ships

All ages work together

All generations work together

Boys doing the work of men

Boys do the work of men

Bangladesh has been ranked as one of the worst countries in the world in terms of workers rights, according to the International Trade Union Confederation’s 2015 ITUC Global Rights Index

Bangladesh has been ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for workers’ rights, according to the International Trade Union Confederation’s 2015 ITUC Global Rights Index

Source: The Guardian