As a kid growing up in the little village of Baktabali in Bangladesh, Salim Javed often wondered about life on the other side of the Dhaleshwari River.
Why did so many people from his village take the five-minute ferry ride across the 1.5 kilometre-wide river every day?
And why did they always seem to come back with so much more?
Why was Shidullah, his older brother, always trying to move away permanently?
“When I was a student, I used to swim across.”
“There is no swimming pool in our village, so this was the only way for me and my friends to enjoy the water.”
To many villagers, crossing the river and not turning back is one of the easiest ways to a better life.