photographer

Jigsaw

Dhaka is one of the most populated cities in the world. It's easy to loose one's own rhythm of life in this fast paced city like Dhaka.Also it somehow affects communicating with the people from the city. Dhaka's people are warm and welcoming but always as a guest not I never felt like being included a part of their community. Coming from a different cultural background, the feeling of not being able to connect with this city and community lead me to feel a sense of isolation and cultural confusion.


So, I started to look for people who find themselves in a similar situation as me. Accidentally I found the Somalian youth community living in Dhaka as international students. I find them also facing the same challenges of isolation, cultural confusion and even plus discrimination by local people. For me, I feel like surviving in Dhaka and not feel like living. But Though they have similar experience with me, my impression is somalian students who come here for their better future of seeking education has created their own bubble to comfortably live in this city. There is intimacy and a sense of youthful bonding within this bubble which attracted me. The occasional loneliness and a constant feeling of otherness and being outsiders is still there, but they are creating Dhaka as their home to live in no matter what.

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