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In November 2010 Mamtaz Begum, a young widow from Barguna, stood up and demanded justice for vulnerable communities near to the Bay of Bengal at a 'Climate Tribunal' in the capital, Dhaka. Watch her compelling story.

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Fishing in Bangladesh. Credit: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Mamtaz Begum (35) lives in the village of South Tetulbaria near to the Bay of Bengal. This village relies on fishing but the changing climate is threatening this way of life, and without fishing, there is little else for them to eat. She explains her story.

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In November 2010, a shadow climate tribunal took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Supported by Oxfam, the tribunal was the first of its kind to take place in Bangladesh. Barek Majhi was a witness at the tribunal. Meet Barek and hear his story.

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A man goes out in search of drinking water in the still-inundated Gabura region. Credit: Moneer ul Islam/Oxfam

The international community must financially support those affected by Cyclone Aila, which hit Bangladesh a year ago. With the threat of an impending monsoon, people cannot return to their homes until damaged embankments are rebuilt.

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Cyclone Aila swept across southern Bangladesh and eastern India on 25 May 2009, causing widespread damage. One year later, communities are still waiting for damaged embankments to be rebuilt so that they can return to their homes.

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River life on Char Atra, Bangladesh. The island is experiencing deeper and longer lasting floods due to climate change. Credit: Dan Chung

The world’s most climate vulnerable countries must work together in international climate negotiations or the needs of the one billion people they represent risk being ignored, concluded a summit of international civil society in Dhaka this week.

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A Bangladeshi family escape flood waters after the cyclone Aila hit in the south-west parts at Harinagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh 28 May 2009. More than 100 people died and most of the homes, crop fields and cattle were washed away. Credit: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Cyclone survivors in Bangladesh are now facing a severe risk of disease as the supply of safe drinking water is reaching crisis levels. Cyclone Aila hit the coast of Bangladesh on 25 May, affecting 3.6m people and leaving over 750,000 people homeless.

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Oxfam-funded rescue boats are kept in areas most at risk of flooding, and at flood shelters. Besides rescuing people, the boats collect houses, belongings and livestock, taking them to areas of safety. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Following the disastrous 2004 floods, which affected 600,000 people, Oxfam has helped people prepare for the yearly floods in Bangladesh, which are exacerbated by climate change.

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Anwarul Islam has not been able to find suitable work or employment since he lost his job in a garment factory well over a month ago. He left his native Bangladesh four years ago to pursue a better paid job.

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