by das monde
Mon Jul 21st, 2008 at 06:58:02 AM EST
This is a lazy photo-diary about people who are not allowed to be lazy.
A documentary about them won several film awards recently. The title is "Eisenfresser" ("Iron eaters").
The location is Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is very near in our globalized world.
A big sea-port, long beaches... stranded ships...
Pictures worth a thousand words - Diary rescue by Migeru
The story (of Chittagong native Shaheen Dill-Riaz) is about ship-breaking
The industry started in 1969 with a first stranded ship. Now hundreds of ships are being dismantled there to metal scrap, with nothing but bare hands of desperate workforce.
For the hellish work of moving and breaking ships in the mud, workers get paid late pennies. No work safety to speak about, fast growing debt for food and rent... that's the buisiness model.
"It's not only the work procedure which makes this world so unique, but also the admirable strength of the workers. Superhuman figures with primitive tools recycling everything to the very last screw stand before the refuse of civilisation. It is exhausting, dangerous and basically impossible work. And yet they manage to do it and have been doing so for years." (Shaheen Dill-Riaz)
(I took most pictures from this blog
. Alexius gives a whole series of photo links.)