Photo show tracks decline of a tribe

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A Catholic photographer has highlighted the struggles of one of the country’s most marginalized and smallest ethnic groups at a photo exhibition in a bid help the tribe survive. …

A Catholic photographer has highlighted the struggles of one of the country’s most marginalized and smallest ethnic groups at a photo exhibition in a bid help the tribe survive.

The June 23-29 exhibition in Dhaka entitled “Ambushed by Greed: A Chak Story” at the DRIK gallery showcases 72 digital color photos of the Chak tribal group by Philip Gain, a 50-year-old journalist and Yale World Fellow.

The little-known Chak only number around 3,000 people and are concentrated in 21 villages in Bandarban district in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

A recent survey shows that their numbers are decreasing rapidly.

The Society for Environment and Human Development, a progressive NGO where Gain is the executive director, sponsored the exhibition that began with a seminar detailing the plight of the Chak people.

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  • 1. Photo show tracks decline of a tribe
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  • 2. Exhibition seeks to save dwindling ethnic group by highlighting its struggles.
  • 3. A Catholic photographer has highlighted the struggles of one of the country’s most marginalized and smallest ethnic groups at a photo exhibition in a bid help the tribe survive.
  • 4. The June 23-29 exhibition in  Dhaka entitled “Ambushed by Greed: A Chak Story” at the DRIK gallery showcases 72 digital color photos of the Chak tribal group by Philip Gain, a 50-year-old journalist and Yale World Fellow.
  • 5. The little-known Chak only number around 3,000 people and are concentrated in 21 villages in Bandarban district in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
    A recent survey shows that their numbers are decreasing rapidly.
  • 6. The Society for Environment and Human Development, a progressive NGO where Gain is the executive director, sponsored the exhibition that began with a seminar detailing the plight of the Chak people.
  • 7. It illustrates the sad decline of the Chak who once used to enjoy a happy existence in forest villages.
    The encroachment of new Bengali settlements and rubber and tobacco plantations, however, is destroying their traditional way of life, Gain said.
  • 8. “I’ve been visiting the forests and hills of Bandarban district to photograph the Chak and 10 other small ethnic groups since 2008,” the former seminarian said.
  • 9. “Encroachment is resulting in all the natural resources they once enjoyed being plundered, which is also posing a major threat to local ecological systems,” he added.
  • 10. Cha KraAung, a Chak leader, said he and the rest of his people lead very insecure lives these days.
  • 11. “We’re marginalized in many ways. Our women are not able move around freely in their own locality because Bengali settlers often attack them,” he said.
  • 12. “We want support from government in protecting our rights,” he added.
    Gain has also drafted a declaration, signed by the seminar participants and various supporters, demanding official help in saving the Chak people. It was due to be submitted to the government after the exhibition ended today.
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