Nuzhat sits in a rikshaw
Nuzhat, Bangladesh

Nuzhat represents children who have their rights violated through natural disasters and environmental degradation.

“If the sea level rises by one metre the southern part of Bangladesh, where I live, will be underwater. I think about that often.

Global warming is causing the ice at the North and South Poles and in the Himalayas to melt. As a result we are hit harder by cyclones and flooding,” says Nuzhat. “When I was on my way to school the day after the mega-cyclone, there were dead and injured people all over the place.”
   Nuzhat lives in the little town of Barisal in southern Bangladesh. Every morning she puts on her school uniform, hails a cycle rickshaw and gets a lift to school.
   Cyclones – very severe storms – affect Bangladesh every year. But the country is well-prepared, and has a good cyclone warning system. The absolute worst thing that has happened to me in my life was when I thought our school had been destroyed by the mega-cyclone.”