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Mahmud Hossain Opu: A Nation with No Cure

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Mahmud Hossain Opu
Born in old Dhaka, Mahmud Hossain OPU spent his early life in the bustling alleys of the old city. He completed his Diploma in Photojournalism at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Opu has covered many man-made disasters in his career, including the fire at Tazreen Fashions, the collapse of Rana Plaza, political crises stemming from the Hefazat-e-Islami movement, the terrorist attack on the cafe Holey Artisan, and national elections. Opu is a staff photographer for the Dhaka-based national daily, Dhaka Tribune. He also covers events for Al Jazeera, and works for several INGOs working in Bangladesh. He is currently documenting the lives of the Rohingya refugees.
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As with the rest of the world, the impact of the pandemic on Bangladesh was sudden and forceful. The nation’s economy is hugely centred around the capital city of Dhaka, and the magnitude of Covid-19 resulted in sweeping losses of jobs and livelihoods there, with the poorest being hit the hardest. The initial public response to the pandemic was timely: Dhaka’s streets and roads ordinarily never free of traffic or pedestrian activity quickly became deserted towards the end of March 2020.

The pandemic exposed the country’s incredibly fragile health care system. Hospital wards, completely unprepared, were soon overflowing with distressed patients. As complacency grew not long after initial efforts, with roads and highways becoming crowded all over again, the government’s top priority soon focused on mandatory mask-wearing.

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