Bangladesh: Climate Change: Life and Death in the Sundarbans: SUNDARBANS21

Khalil Gazi, 31, and his wife Rena Begum, 21, are photographed outside his home in Jotinronaghor 10 months after his previous wife Nasima was killed by a tiger. {quote}I often think of Nasima when I am in the jungle and am sad when I remember how I had to carry her dead body out of the jungle. Now I have to keep living for my children because I have to educate them and try my best for them.”  Two months after Nasima's death, Khalil sought employment away from his village. He was unsuccessful in finding a job in Bandarban but eventually got a job as a laborer in Jessore, earning 500 taka (around 5 usd) per week. Illness forced him to move back to his village and he had to rely on his parents to pay 35,000 taka (324usd) for his medical treatment.  He still remains there and reports that he makes his living by collecting crabs from the canals, selling shrimp, and honey hunting.  He is worried about the tigers but feels that he has no other option. Although working as a laborer was safer, he earns more money now.  Three of his children go to school and he married Rena Begum five months ago. {quote}The first time I entered the jungle after Nasima's death I was terrified and it took 4 to 5 months for me to feel normal in the jungle again.  Since being back home in the Sundarbans I am happier than I was before.{quote}

Khalil Gazi, 31, and his wife Rena Begum, 21, are photographed outside his home in Jotinronaghor 10 months after his previous wife Nasima was killed by a tiger. "I often think of Nasima when I am in the jungle and am sad when I remember how I had to carry her dead body out of the jungle. Now I have to keep living for my children because I have to educate them and try my best for them.”  Two months after Nasima's death, Khalil sought employment away from his village. He was unsuccessful in finding a job in Bandarban but eventually got a job as a laborer in Jessore, earning 500 taka (around 5 usd) per week. Illness forced him to move back to his village and he had to rely on his parents to pay 35,000 taka (324usd) for his medical treatment.  He still remains there and reports that he makes his living by collecting crabs from the canals, selling shrimp, and honey hunting.  He is worried about the tigers but feels that he has no other option. Although working as a laborer was safer, he earns more money now.  Three of his children go to school and he married Rena Begum five months ago. "The first time I entered the jungle after Nasima's death I was terrified and it took 4 to 5 months for me to feel normal in the jungle again.  Since being back home in the Sundarbans I am happier than I was before."