The Life Of A Rickshaw Driver In Chittagong, Bangladesh.


by Nayeem Kalam

It’s like a journey into the past century; at least in old Dhaka the majority of vehicles on the road are Rickshaws – 3 wheelers for 2 passengers or whatever goods to be carried.

In Bangladesh, rickshaw pulling is the second largest industry. The rickshaw is used to travel short distances. Rickshaws are colorfully decorated with ribbons and paint, a form of art called rickshaw art.

Pullers do not own their own rickshaws and live under the poverty level in slums. Due to their low status in society and the social conditions of poverty, rickshaw pullers face abuse and discrimination, including physical violence from passengers. Unions, such as the Rickshaw Sramik League, try to improve the lives of rickshaw pullers.

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