Little Jihad left a few questions for Bangladesh!

Four year old Ziad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Four year old Jihad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Jihad showed that, this country takes 23 hours to rescue a 4 year old child. That it takes six hours for this country to turn on a [rescue] camera. That the fire service gets to the disaster site an hour and a half late. That the State Minister of this country misleads the people of the country, and meddles in the rescue operation of the fire service.

ছোট্ট জিয়াদ গোটা বাংলাদেশের কাছে অনেকগুলো প্রশ্ন রেখে গেল!

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Apsari Chakma: Life in the School Room

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

When I was very little my mother used to tell me all kinds of bedtime fairytale stories. I used to think that the fairy princesses from these stories were supremely happy and content. You could say, my life now is the exact opposite of their lives.

Life in the School Room

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The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote

Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.

Photo Source: Abir Abdullah/EPA, from the Guardian UK.

The Story of Ward 27: Part 4, Why We Vote

by Nayma Qayum for AlalODulal.org

 Why We Vote

Bashabo suffers from a dearth of basic resources. But residents not only vote in massive numbers, like much of Bangladesh, they repeatedly elect the same leaders. Their reasons for voting are multiple and complex. Most voted with the expectation that their chosen government would adopt policies that meet the country’s long-term needs. For this urban group, these included higher employment, greater freedoms, lower corruption, elimination of party-shontrash and better law enforcement.

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The Story of Ward 27, Part 2: Parties, Politics, and Local Organizations

Map of Slums in Bashabo

Map of Slums in Bashabo

The Story of Ward 27, Part 2: Parties, Politics, and Local Organizations
by Nayma Qayum

Bashabo has always been a center for political activity. In 1971, those who joined Mukti Bahini  operated under Nazmul Kabir, commander of neighboring Romna Thana. The Bahini drew some of the area’s longtime residents; others supported the war in all the ways that they could. Continue reading