Md. Abdul Hannan, 40 years old

"I came to the shipbreaking yards for work in 1995. We were experiencing drought in my home district of Nator, in North Bangladesh. We were not able to get crops or any production for four years. I was the eldest in the family – we were four brothers- and I was very frustrated by the poverty we lived in and not being able to even eat a meal a day. I started at the yard as a cutter helper and now I have become a cutter man."

“There is no security when it comes to the workers’ lives here. Nobody cares about us. I witnessed the biggest explosion in the history of shipbreaking in Chittagong where 14 workers died on the spot after a big explosion in 2001. I will never forget that day.”