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Life is a constant struggle for them

  • Published at 01:25 am December 25th, 2016
Life is a constant struggle for them
It is home to 350,000 people. Families in Korail live in rooms measuring 8-by-12 feet with rents going from Tk800 to Tk5,500. They use plastic and bamboo screens to separate the adult’s room from the children’s. There is only two bathrooms available for 40 families combined, making it difficult for women to get privacy. Lights are expensive at Tk150 while fans are rented for Tk300, a refrigerator for Tk700 and a television can be rented for Tk500. The waste generated by the slum gets dumped into the adjacent lake, polluting the water and causing water-borne diseases. The slum has no schools and the children there are mainly engaged in some form of child labour. Korail has 150,000 voters and an estimated 50,000-60,000 households. Korail is the largest slum in Dhaka under Wards 19 and 20 of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). It falls under the jurisdiction of Banani police station and is built on a land owned by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited.
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