Southern Bangladesh is subject to floods and cyclones every year. Following the destruction caused by Cyclone Sidr in November 2007, I travelled to Bangladesh to produce photographs for a collaborative project on climate change. The journey inevitably became much more than that.
The scene in this remote Sidr affected area in Southern Bangladesh was one of reconstruction, in the aftermath of absolute destruction. Houses, roads and boats were being rebuilt, fallen trees were being cleared, and crops were being replanted. Everywhere the survivors of Sidr were getting on with everyday life, showing a resilience that was incredibly humbling. Children would play cricket in the fields and run with their handmade kites through the streets. The children in the villages of the Bagerhat district were rarely without a smile on their face. They play freely and if it weren't for the physical signs of destruction of the landscape, it would be easy to forget that only two months earlier a cyclone ripped through these very villages taking out everything in its path.
© Cherina Hadley | Travel & Landscape Photographer