Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka Based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. His work explores the themes of human rights, social development, migration, gender violence, and the environment. His images express the resilience of the human spirit and strength at adversity. He uses still images, text, videos, drone footage, and VR to provide multi-faceted storytelling for editorial and non-profit clients. His work has published in major international outlets including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Sunday Times among many. His photo project ‘Salt’ was nominated for the Ian Parry award and Joop Swart Masterclass. Hasan was nominated for many international awards and won hundreds of photographic competitions worldwide including Lucie Award, Human Rights Press Award, and Allard Prize. Hasan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from Falmouth University, UK, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education in History of Art from Oxford University. He also pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University. And graduated in Film & Video Production from UBS Film School at the University of Sydney. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Belfast School of Art at Ulster University. He is represented by Redux Pictures and ZUMA Press and a contract photographer for the Daily Star and Reuters. He is a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellow. Hasan is also a faculty member of Counter Foto, a center for visual arts in Bangladesh.
The world is at risk of widespread famines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of the global economic devastation caused by Covid-19 has already been declared as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the Second World War. The number suffering from hunger could go from 135 million to more than 250 million. For Bangladesh, it has become a human and food crisis catastrophe. Housemaid Hamida Begum who is now out of work said, “We only have forty Taka (Less than US fifty cents) at home. We have to drink poison if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” The sufferings of approximately 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka city are multiplying due to a fall in income and price hike of consumer goods. There is hardly any food supply left in low-income people’s houses, let alone ensuring cleanliness. Most slum dwellers living in different parts of the capital no longer worry about the virus and its infection but what worries them is hunger as they cannot go out for work. Their empty food storage and remaining little food supply can not save them from starvation and hunger in the coming days.