Rani, 9, collects rainwater for drinking. Rainwater is the main source of drinking water in the village of Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh. Due to sea-level rising resulting from climate change, limited sweet water sources of the coastal area have widely been contaminated with saline water. Some regions are always waterlogged. There is water everywhere, but not a drop to drink! The hardest times are the summers and winters, when rainfall is minimum.
Rani Begum, 15, was married at the age of 12. She stands beside her child in Shyamnagar. The devastating natural disasters—combined with the lack of an adequate government safety net—compound the population's poverty and drive young women towards child marriage.