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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.

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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Photo show tracks decline of a tribe

  1. 1. Photo show tracks decline of a tribe<br />www.ucanews.com<br />
  2. 2. Exhibition seeks to save dwindling ethnic group by highlighting its struggles.<br />
  3. 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.<br />
  4. 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.<br />
  5. 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.<br />A recent survey shows that their numbers are decreasing rapidly.<br />
  6. 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.<br />
  7. 7. It illustrates the sad decline of the Chak who once used to enjoy a happy existence in forest villages.<br />The encroachment of new Bengali settlements and rubber and tobacco plantations, however, is destroying their traditional way of life, Gain said.<br />
  8. 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.<br />
  9. 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.<br />
  10. 10. Cha KraAung, a Chak leader, said he and the rest of his people lead very insecure lives these days.<br />
  11. 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.<br />
  12. 12. “We want support from government in protecting our rights,” he added.<br />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.<br />
  13. 13. source@<br />http://www.ucanews.com/2011/06/29/photo-show-tracks-decline-of-a-tribe/<br />http://www.ucanews.com/<br />

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