STORY: SLUM DWELLERS IN DHAKA

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STORY: SLUM DWELLERS IN DHAKADATELINE: Dec. 30, 2011LENGTH: 0:01:37LOCATION: DhakaPKGINTROAt the turn of the year, many people have been making their New Year wishes and hoping for the best.But for the underprivileged, their hope might be as simple as making ends meet.World News now reports from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, where a large number of residents are taking shelter in slums. PKGMuhammad Khairul and Sharifa Akhter are living in a slum in northern Dhaka with two sons.SOUNDBITE (BENGALI) MUHAMMAD KHAIRUL"We are living here for a long time. A neglected life. There is no good means of transportation and there is no school."The one room this four-member family share is far from a shelter. Khairu says there are many cracks in the roof, which allows water to leak in when it rains.Khairul lost his job last month. Now, sometimes, they even could not afford three meals a day. Akhter says she shops for food every three days.But Khairul is optimistic. SOUNDBITE (BENGALI) MUHAMMAD KH
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