Climate Change in Bangladesh: Tiger Widows: SUNDARBANS15

Rabia Begum, 30, lives in Kalinchy. Her husband, Anarul Shana, was killed by a tiger two years ago. “He went to the jungle in the early morning hour to fish and was attacked a few hours later. His companions brought him back to town and the villagers arranged for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, where he died. Now I work in the jungle, fishing. Prior to his death I didn't work. I was married at 13 years of age; my parents told me just 6 months before the wedding. I wanted an education because I wanted to be a primary school teacher but my parents were very poor and I had to obey them. My first month of marriage was very unhappy but after a month or so, I changed my mind; I was married and had to take care of my husband. I came to love him with all my heart and was very happy.  I am still grieving for my husband. Now I have to work and am struggling so much; it’s hard for me to earn money. I have very little hope for the future. My biggest wish is to be able to educate my sons. I want them to succeed but I can’t arrange everything for them.”

Rabia Begum, 30, lives in Kalinchy. Her husband, Anarul Shana, was killed by a tiger two years ago. “He went to the jungle in the early morning hour to fish and was attacked a few hours later. His companions brought him back to town and the villagers arranged for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, where he died. Now I work in the jungle, fishing. Prior to his death I didn't work. I was married at 13 years of age; my parents told me just 6 months before the wedding. I wanted an education because I wanted to be a primary school teacher but my parents were very poor and I had to obey them. My first month of marriage was very unhappy but after a month or so, I changed my mind; I was married and had to take care of my husband. I came to love him with all my heart and was very happy. I am still grieving for my husband. Now I have to work and am struggling so much; it’s hard for me to earn money. I have very little hope for the future. My biggest wish is to be able to educate my sons. I want them to succeed but I can’t arrange everything for them.”