G.M.B. Akash is a young Bangladeshi photojournalist. He is a true artist with the camera. But more than that he is a humanitarian. He photographs those on the edges of society focusing mainly on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He has won many, many awards and one of his photographs was even featured here in a post by Alice.

One of the things he has focused on has been child labor. His poignant photographs capture for us the heartbreak it causes and makes them impossible to forget. He says "For the last four years, I have been working on child labor. ... Children in poor countries spend long days working under very unfavorable conditions. Child Labor is an issue closely connected with poverty, education, socio-economic exploitation and discrimination. These factors keep children out of school and force them to work under harsh and dangerous, unhealthy and fatal circumstances. Child workers are subject to abuse, both physically and mentally, by their employers. These youngsters even risk their lives for low pay."

His website with many many more of his incredible photographs is here.

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Comment by rezwana prima on February 9, 2010 at 10:58am
yor work is your passion,your work is your living center !
people at work ought to be a littlie nicer,but your work is more than nice,i can see.
so.jst kick hardest the backside of all weakness, you kno.. you are the best !!!!!!
Comment by HamimCHOWDHURY on February 9, 2010 at 7:14am
Brilliant Work by G.M.B. Akash
Comment by Inka Leoni on November 30, 2009 at 6:08am
Pfff...Im crying. Not because of the last picture which is obviously, straightforwardly heartbreaking...But because of the kid the bricks. That kid is great.
Comment by heather on October 4, 2009 at 8:13am
Having seen all the photos on his website, I find them a very sobering visual account of how people in these countries are
forced to live, because of poverty!
It's very disheartening to see women and children having to cope with conditions like these with no means of escape, and
no prospect of things ever changing!
Some are quite disturbing, but most are incredible and even beautiful!!
Comment by Mark Huckabee on October 1, 2009 at 10:47am
The most disturbing to me is the one of the young lady having her hair braided (only because I know more of the story). She is a involuntary prostitute. Families sell their daughters into what amounts to slavery as prostitutes and the women have no means of escape.
Comment by heather on October 1, 2009 at 10:39am
Incredible photos!! I like the first because it is so cute the way it is posed and amazing because he is smiling so charmingly!
And the last is so disturbing to see a cute little boy with chains on his feet!
Comment by sAm on September 29, 2009 at 5:33pm
Love the shot of the kids with bricks on their head. Unbelievable!
Comment by Annie on September 29, 2009 at 10:38am
Amazing is right!!! That's the first word that came to mind when I saw these. WOW.....
Comment by alice on September 29, 2009 at 10:10am
amazing work. thanks, mark, for the post!
Comment by Eugene on September 29, 2009 at 9:18am
very cool. great shots!

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