BANGLADESH ART & CULTURE
Afzalpur Village: Chars journey
"The chars are areas of sedimentation that may form islands or be precariously attached to the riverbank"
GoPro journey: What it looks like, the return journey to Gollchakkar
We travel on motorbikes along the raised and narrow pathways between the fields. We drive through a small forest, suddenly we leave the forest, the dappling light becomes bright now, intensified by the yellow sand of the riverbed.
We navigate our way through the sand, sometimes hard, sometimes our wheels break the sand’s surface and it is time to get off and push the bike. Then back out of the riverbed as we travel down narrow pathways once more, through fields, past cattle and goats, past the beautiful village houses made from woven panels, thatch and iron sheets, each with their ‘haystacks’ of rice straw.
The bright sunlight illuminates Afzalpur Village. The annual village fair is in progress. The villagers have come together to celebrate the success the villagers have had in improving their livelihoods since help came from the United Kingdom and Australia.
SUBJECT: Chars Livelihoods Programme / CLP / Chars / Bangladesh / Aid / Sustainability