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Migrant's Journey From Rural Bangladesh Shows Sacrifices, Dangers of Slum Life

For much of his early life on Bhola, an island in south-central Bangladesh, Mohammed Abul Kalam battled poverty and a hostile river that twice engulfed his homestead. Now, as a resident of a "bastee," or private slum on the western edge of the capital, Dhaka, he faces new challenges: the trade-offs he has made on the family's health, education and security in exchange for being near a source of work. "I came here because I found no other way," Kalam said,...

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