Khaled Hasan

Stone Woman

Day Laborers in Bangladesh


This industry is harmful to the environment; it is harmful for the health of workers, creates air pollution, sound pollution, and is destructive to the landscape, amongst other things. This broken stone represents the dire situation.
The story which I emphasis on is about a hard work community of Jaflong, which is located on the north eastern part of Bangladesh. During the monsoon, the river currents wash down precious rocks and pebbles from India into Jaflong area. At dawn every day, more than a hundred little boats with laborers enter the Piyain River, buckets and spades in hand. This is one trade which has a geological limit. The stones that tumble down the riverbed from India are decreasing in volume and the laborers are already taking the risk of invading the no-man’s land along the Indo-Bangla border which is a contradictory political issue between Bangladesh and India. More than 2,000 women stone-laborers are engaged here. Uncontrolled and unstoppable stone extracting and crushing at Jaflong has been posing a serious threat to public health, and to the environment and agriculture in the area. Huge dusts created by stone-crushing machines; their sound and chemical reaction are the major factors that have been causing threat to public health and the environment. There is no legal protection and no human rights law in this Stone Industry.

A huge amount of stone crashing machine’s sound creates hearing pollution, dust makes air pollution, uncontrolled stone collection creates environment balancing problems and all things are effects on the Ecological imbalance. I realize their hassles, I saw their hard work and I saw their happy moments also. So, I want to visualize the facts of this suffering society and their personal feeling through my way in a little space.


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