In the next 30 years, climate change is projected to affect millions of people worldwide. Bangladesh is one country that is already feeling its devastating impact. Rivers and sea levels are rising, causing up to 20% of the country to disappear underwater, leaving 30 million people on the move. The capital, Dhaka, is struggling to accommodate new refugees every day, leading to forced displacement by the government. This is the beginning of a global crisis that will change the world as we know it.
Climate Refugees of Bangladesh is a compelling documentary that exposes the heartbreaking reality faced by climate refugees through the eyes of people like Momtaj Begum. Her village was swallowed by the Meghna River, turning her and her family into refugees overnight. They travelled to Dhaka, a city on the verge of collapse due to an influx of climate refugees. But the struggles don’t end there. Forced evictions and bulldozing of shantytowns by authorities have driven refugees to suffer even more, stripping away their dignity and hope for a better future. The film paints a chilling picture of what is happening in Bangladesh today and what the rest of the world could face in the not-too-distant future.