THE FRESHWATER TRAIL: ENVIRONMENTAL REFUGEES

Anthropogenic interventions seem to have cascading effects on lives and ecosystems. Land and livelihood lost, people become refugees in their own land and are often forced to migrate and live hand to mouth. This series follows the fates of environmental refugees and explores how unpredictable climate events are now exacerbating inequities on the ground

ARTICLES:

  1. THE NOWHERE PEOPLE: Loss of land & livelihood due to erosion brought on by a wildly swinging Ganges in West Bengal has led to a slew of new Environmental Refugees. This work was completed on a grant from The Asia Foundation.
  2. WHEN A RIVER RUNS DRY: No water in the rivers means no fish. No fish means no money. No money means no food. The fisherman's view of the Teesta water-sharing non-agreement
  3. SHIFTING SANDS, SHIFTING LIVES: Life on the char islands in Bangladesh's Teesta river basin is heavily dependent on water in the river. And that is controlled by upstream India
  4. TRAPPED IN SHARDS: India in Bangladesh in India in Bangladesh -- life for the people in the enclaves, remnants of forgotten Mughal treaties, hangs between a bloody border and a hungry river
  5. DISAPPEARING HILSA: All along the length of Bangladesh and especially in the ecologically rich delta, fishermen's nets had come up empty and the delta echoed with tales of woe. As fisherfolk sink deeper into debt, and their future increasingly uncertain, the question arises: where is all the hilsa?