Behind the image 30 August 2014

Behind the image 30 August 2014

Returning from fishing.  Brahmaputra charsThis image was taken on the Jamuna river in Bangladesh.

As the sun sets, fishers return home with their catch.  These fishers live on chars, river islands that form by the depositing of silt collected as the river comes down from the Himalayas in Tibet. Whilst the river might give, in the form of deposits that become islands, the river also takes away, as erosion destroys chars and their inhabitants homes and livelihoods, regularly.

This image was taken as I was travelling to one of the chars to see the work of a non-government organisation that was bringing medical care to char populations. Their hospitals are ships, with operating theatres, health care professionals and consulting rooms. The ship stays in one place for a period of time, then casts off to go to another char, providing health care to other people.

The river is known as the Tsangpo (Tibet), the Brahmaputra (India) and the Jamuna (Bangladesh).