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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.