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The Chakma people are the largest indigineous group living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Once they were the rulers of Chittagong under the Chakma king, but today they are in consistent threat by the Bangalee settlers. The building of the Kaptai Dam caused many of them to leave their home and properties, even the palace of the Chakma king went under the lake created by the dam. The Chakma population is now mostly concentrated in the districts of Rangamati and Khagrachhari.

The huts in the photograph are part of a village or 'para' shot from the Rangamati lake. This is the dry season. During the monsoon and even in the winter the sands and grasslands all go under the lake and the mountains become all green.

Shot at mid-day - not a good time I know. The horizon was a bit tilted so I fixed it using Photoshop and cropped a little from the top.

I couldn't decide whether I should keep the layers of colors at the bottom or not. So cropped the water and land from the bottom and posted it in the workshop.

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