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160 million people live in Bangladesh. Extreme poverty and cheap labour have
made the country one of the world?s major clothes producers. The large
population means that Bangladesh can compete with countries such as China,
India and Sri Lanka. But overpopulation also means that the country is
extremely vulnerable when natural catastrophes hit.
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Cyclone Aila wreaked havoc in Bangladesh in May this year. Thousands lost
their homes and there is still a need for food, water and aid. And until
the many broken dykes have been fixed, no-one can go back home.
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Nilufa Jasmin Ruma lives on a sandy island in the middle of the Brahmaputra
River. 95 percent of the islanders are women. Their men have to travel 500
kilometres to get work to support their families.
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Bagladeshis have traditionally lived in the country, but povertyh and climate
change have forced them to the cities and particularly to the capital Dhaka.
Here, they often end up in one of the city?s 5,000 slums areas. Some say
that in 15 years, half of Dhaka?s population will be living in slums.
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Kuziartek was once a large village with rice paddies, schools, tea houses and
mosques. Now it?s just an expanse of mud in the middle of the Bay of Bengal.
The rest has been washed away by the sea. There are only seven families left
who live on the remains of an old dyke and are too poor to move away.
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A short graphical presentation of Bangladesh