Samad’s Ramadan

Every Ramadan, Islamic Relief Bangladesh provides food packs to the most vulnerable people in poverty stricken and disaster prone districts of the country.
Samad used to work in Mymensingh before an accident damaged his back. Now he cannot put pressure on his spine, engage in any physical activity and, as a result, is unable to make a living. “My wife makes cakes and sells them in the market every day,” Samad said. “If the sale goes well, we get to eat. If the sale doesn’t go


Current situation

Poverty is widespread in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most densely populated countries. Around 47 million Bangladeshis live below the poverty line (1).

The low-lying country is very fertile but is also especially prone to natural disasters – particularly flooding and cyclones. Poor Bangladeshi communities are often the hardest hit by such disasters and by other effects of climate change.

Agriculture is the primary employer, but it cannot provide enough jobs for the growing population. More than 76 per cent of the population live on less than two