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Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water

Writer and poet Kamal Kaan explores the impact of flooding on the lives of people in Bangladesh and in the UK.

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 3 of The Headline Ballads: Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water, the writer and poet, Kamal Kaan, explores the impact of flooding on the lives of people in Bangladesh and the UK. His ballad begins with the story of his own parents move from Bangladesh to escape the poverty and the floods of their native homeland and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who have experienced first hand the devastation caused by flooding. We hear from villagers in Northern Bangladesh whose homes and livelihoods are continually destroyed by floods; from one Cumbrian resident whose home has been inundated by flood water four times in the last ten years, and from the people of Carlisle who live in constant fear that global warming will bring a return of the floods that overwhelmed the city in December 2015.

Producer: Cecile Wright.

28 minutes

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