Struggling to survive in one of the world's poorest slums: Stark images reveal the harsh conditions faced by beggars and children who live besides Bangladesh's railway line (16 Pics)

  • Moving photos captured in Dhaka, one of world's most densely populated cities with eight million residents
  • Pictures show a disabled man being wheeled through crowds in a ramshackle barrow on the filthy streets
  • Children work in rubbish heaps and shipyards, and some people live a few feet away from thundering railways
  • Spanish photographer Joxe Inazio Kuesta Garmendia also went to the slums of Chittagong south of Dhaka
A severely disabled man stands barefoot and hunched over on his withered legs as he holds out a bowl while begging for alms on the streets of the Dhaka slums. The lack of medical care means conditions which may have been preventable are left to deteriorate, while those with congenital issues must suffer their fates with little help from medical experts.
Two young boys stand amid heaps of rubbish in the dump in Dhaka, Bangladesh, while a woman can be seen lying amongst the detritus. Groups of fishermen are seen in the background unloading rubbish and heading off to work. Set beside the Buriganga River, the capital city of Dhaka is the administrative, cultural and trading hub of the poverty ridden country
Workmen at the shipyard look back at the camera, their faces etched with the grim reality of their tragic existence amid the skeletons of vessels being refurbished. Dhaka has around 100 such shipyards, mostly building boats for the domestic market, some of the other larger yards export small and medium-sized vessels to the European market
A woman dressed in clothes covered with sweat and grime toils on the rubbish heap in Dhaka, collecting plastic into her sack as a scavenging bird flies overhead. The government provides little opportunity for education and most will be forced to begin working from a young age to try and scratch a living amongst the shacks and railway lines of the city
Slum dwellers drinking chai tea and eating cakes at a cafe - a small respite from their otherwise bleak existence in the city of eight million in central Bangladesh. Dhaka is one of the most densely populated countries in the world where people must live in slums in dangerous and unhygienic conditions, packed closely together
A man's home in the city's slum, he sleeps in a ramshackle wooden structure, lying on a box which he has fitted with some rickety sloping shelves to house his few possessions. A few mugs can be seen beside a couple of boxes and scattered around his awful bed is a clapped out bicycle and other trinkets he has foraged which he hopes he can sell
Women sit on the train tracks in Dhaka with two children - one, an infant, who sits right in the middle of the tracks, oblivious to the harsh reality of his existence. The slum dwellers' shacks can be seen in the background, their washing lines strung out and corrugated iron shelters just feet away from the tracks where trains whistle down the line day and night
Stalls line the slums of Chittagong, a city of four million on the southeast coast of Bangladesh. The man on the left can be seen hunched over while he prepares tea, surrounded by his cups and a tea pot over the furnace, while another sits smoking a cigarette. To the right of their stall, a barefoot man operates a sewing machine, his face wrinkled with seriousness
A young skinny boy helps a bearded man to pull a trailer fitted to the back of a bike away from the dump, as they spend their days gathering junk which they hope can be sold so they might be able to earn enough just to get by in the brutal city. Many suffer undernourishment, disease and are vulnerable to crime in the densely populated slum land
Poor people's desperate faces press against a fence out on the street as they queue to collect rice provided by a rich man who was helping the community in Dhaka. For most, the desperate life of hunger is all they know and many of them will die or suffer disease as a result of their undernourishment
A young lad toils in a Dhaka shipyard beside a searing furnace as he smelts propellers for ships. His job is extremely dangerous and he wears little protections save for a shirt and trousers. His bare feet, arms and hands are visible as he works with molten metals in the busy shipyard to carry out orders
A man carries heavy bricks slung across his shoulders in a masonry yard by the Buriganga River after unloading them from a barge. With an abundance of cheap unskilled labour, the city is a throbbing hub of construction and transportation of goods, with the river filled with fishermen, freight ships and barges carrying materials from across the country
A man can be seen hunched over while holding a bowl of food outside his ramshackle home, while his wife prepares food with an array of pots and pans by the fire. Their son stands with nothing on his frame but a pair of pants, his feet bare and covered with filth. They live beside the railway tracks in Dhaka where huge trains thunder down the tracks all day long.
Women - their faces wrinkled, ravaged by time and stress - queue for a rare chance to get their hands on some charitably donated rice on the streets of Dhaka. The photographer said: 'I have to admit that I even cried sometimes. I was surprised by the humanity and kindness of the people, they helped me at all times and treated me with great respect'
These children are the fortunate few whose family's have been able to send them to school in the slums, some of them can be seen holding books, while others look in from the window as their teacher stands over them. Many children do not get the chance to have even this basic education, their families being so poor they must go out to work at a young age
A boy wheels a disabled man through the streets of Dhaka - without adequate healthcare people do not receive the treatment they may need and there are little provisions made for those born with congenital conditions. If they are able to survive, they must improvise and build make-shift wheelchairs like the one above
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