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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  • 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 !!!!!!
  • Brilliant Work by G.M.B. Akash
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Love the shot of the kids with bricks on their head. Unbelievable!
  • Amazing is right!!! That's the first word that came to mind when I saw these. WOW.....
  • amazing work. thanks, mark, for the post!
  • very cool. great shots!
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