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Photo: Sayed Asif Mahmud

Inside Bangladesh’s Cheap Cigarette Factories

Sayed Asif Mahmud’s powerful photos document the dangers that workers face in Bangladesh’s tobacco factories.

Photograph by Ugo Lucio Borga—Echo

Life on a ‘Death River’ in Bangladesh: Photographer Ugo Borga documents the human and environmental catastrophe unfolding.

Photograph by Taslima Akhter

Savar Dhaka, Bangladesh. April 24, 2013.

"Around 2 AM among the many dead bodies inside the collapse, I found a couple at the back of the building, embracing each other in the rubble. The lower parts of their bodies were stuck under the concrete. A drop of blood from the man’s eye ran like a tear. Since then, this couple remains firmly in my heart. So many questions rose in my mind. What were they thinking at the last moment of their lives?"

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

Photograph by Munem Wasif—Agence VU

Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif writes for LightBox about the intersection of Bengali culture and Islam in his home country.

Photograph by EPA

May 10, 2013. Rescuers pull out a female survivor, Reshma, alive on the 17th day after the Rana Plaza building collapsed, in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

From the safe return of three long-term kidnap victims in Ohio and the rescue of a woman trapped in the rubble of a garment factory in Bangladesh for 17 days to Israeli air strikes in Syria and teddy bear hospital in Germany, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photograph by Kevin Frayer—AP

"The scene was somewhat chaotic yet strangely calm," AP photographer Kevin Frayer noted upon arriving on April 27, 2013 at a makeshift morgue in a schoolyard near the garment factory that collapsed last Wednesday in Savar, Bangladesh. "People wandered in the courtyard carrying photographs of their missing loved ones."

Bangladeshi relatives of garment worker Mohammed Abdullah, pictured in the photograph above and featured in TIME’s Pictures of the Week, arrived on the scene and identified him as one of the victims. “[His body] was placed in a simple wooden box and loaded onto a truck,” Frayer says. “The family gathered around and were overcome by grief,”—so much so, they didn’t notice the photographer’s presence.

"You try to be delicate and respectful but you’re never sure how people will react," he says. "You balance the need to care for their grief while at the same time trying to capture the scene to tell the greater story."

"I’ve often asked myself what I would do if, in my saddest moment, some strange soul was standing with a camera in front of me… and I’ve never been able to answer it," Frayer adds. "But in these situations, in places where the victims often come from marginalized communities, the grieving are often willing to accept our presence there, believing it gives their grief value and that we might make a difference."

—Eugene Reznik

See more of this week’s best photos on LightBox.

Khadija with her 12 hours old baby. She was denied paid maternity leave by her employers. (Photo: Gazi Nafis Ahmed—VII Mentor Program)

Work by Gazi Nafis Ahmed, a member of the VII Mentor Program, will be exhibited during the 6th edition of the Format International Photography Festival 2013 in Derby, United Kingdom, March 8 - 26, 2013.

For more information, visit FORMATfestival.com.

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