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Ami Vitale, as part of her multimedia master’s project, will work for the Knight Center to show how Bangladeshi’s cope with the rising waters and how they acclimate to a new life inland. While Bangladesh has always lived with the continuous flow of water, never has its future been more precarious than today. Experts concur that the country is on the frontlines of climate change. The two disaster prone areas are the southern coast bordering the Bay of Bengal which is exposed to tidal surges from cyclones and the country’s river islands to the North which have severe flooding and river bank erosion. The climatic events have deadly consequences on agriculture and food security, water, human health and is the key driver in creating massive environmental migration. Bangladesh is becoming Ground Zero for climate change.
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, and one of the world’s most densely populated cities in the world. Despite the traffic, lack of space and struggling infrastructure, it is an urban magnet for millions who throng there in the hope of a better life. Every year, half a million people, almost the entire population of Washington DC, enter this mega city, fresh off the boat. Many arrive carrying little else but hope in their heart. They have nowhere to live, so the pavement, under the open sky and beside the congested traffic becomes their home.
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Ami Vitale has received recognition for her work from World Press Photo, the NPPA, International Photos of the Year, Photo District News and the South Asian Journalists Association presented her with the Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding print reporting on South Asia. Her stories have been awarded grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Vitale’s photographs have been published in major international magazines such as National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian and Le Figaro among others. They have also…