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Mae Toen, Thailand
By Ana Salvá
13 Aug 2014

Mae Toen is close to a fluoride mine that has contaminated the water of the village. Despite the mine's closure 40 years ago, the area has become a polluted artificial lake, where water overflows during the rainy season. "The problem we have is that in Mae Toen, the groundwater is used for eating and cooking, and this is contaminated by with fluoride," says Dr. Chatpat Kongpun, who works at the Ministry of Public Health Thailand.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (12 of 24)
Kushtia, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
20 Feb 2013

Bangladesh is one of the countries in the world that's hit hardest by climate change. Lowering the level of carbon emissions ought to be top priority. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Kushtia, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (9 of 24)
Savar, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
08 Feb 2013

To a large extent, women have been leading Bangladesh's development. In both public and family life, women have taken on a new economic role, and are increasingly impacting decision-making processes. Savar, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (10 of 24)
Savar, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
08 Feb 2013

Improving the situation in the brick-making industry would be an important step for Bangladesh in the country's efforts to enhance human development. Big improvements have been made during the past decades: between 2000 and 2010, the number of people living in poverty declined from 63 million to 47 million. Savar, Bangladesh. January 2013. View the full collection here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1201

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Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
28 Jan 2013

Many of the Bangladesh's ancient cities were made entirely out of bricks. The cities of Bangladesh are growing fast and there's a never-ending need for cheap and available construction material. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Faridpur, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
27 Jan 2013

Women often do monotonous work and suffer from illnesses related to bad working conditions. One specific problem is diseases in the reproductive organs, which are caused by long hours spent squatting in the same position. Faridpur, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bandarban, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
09 Jan 2013

During recent years, brick making has expanded rapidly in Bangladesh, especially in the area around Dhaka. Today, there are over 10 000 fields in the country – a doubling from ten years ago. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Bandarban, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (21 of 24)
Bandarband, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
08 Jan 2013

The workers' salaries differ. The more bricks they carry or burn in the kilns, the more they get paid. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Bandarban, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bandarban, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
08 Jan 2013

Many workers suffer from bronchitis or coughing because of the dust generated in the brick-making process. The cities of Bangladesh are growing fast and there's a never-ending need for cheap and available construction material. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Bandarban, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (19 of 24)
Bandarban, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
08 Jan 2013

Many children like Shuhun work in the fields alongside the grownups. Often, they take care of forming the mud into bricks using metal and wooden forms. Bricks are the most efficient and widely used building material and new brick buildings are erected across the country. Bandarban, Bangladesh. January 2013.

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Bricks of Bangladesh (16 of 24)
Jhalakati, Bangladesh
By Karim Mostafa
27 Dec 2012

Today, brick making is Bangladesh's fastest growing industry. Its popularity is partly due to the fact that it's so easy to start up a field: a small piece of land and between 40-50 000 taka ($500-$650) is all that's needed. The revenue within six months is up to five times that amount. Jhalakati, Bangladesh. January 2013.