An open Letter to the “major” who threatened to annihilate us, the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh

Screen shot of Facebook post by "Major" Rezaur Rahman who threatened "annihilate" the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Screen shot of Facebook post by “Major” Rezaur Rahman who threatened “annihilate” the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

by Muktasree Chakma Sathi

Dear “Major” Rezaur Rahman,

Greetings from a person who belongs to the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh who you like to refer to with the derogatory terms “Upajati and Khappa”! First of all, let me clarify that along with my identity as an indigenous person I am a Bangladeshi as well. I am not yet sure whether you are in fact an army officer or not but your FB profile says you are. Continue reading

Bravo my Santhal, Orao and Munda brothers and sisters!

Copyright @ Badall Ahmed
Santhal Protest; Copyright @ Badall Ahmed

Bravo my Santhal, Orao, and Munda brothers and sisters!

by Ahmed Badall for Alal O Dulal 

[Translated by the Alal O Dulal Editorial Collective]

For ages now the ‘civilized’ Bengali gentry have been grabbing lands from the Santhals of Dinajpur. Hundreds and hundreds of Adivasis today are landless and evicted from their homesteads. Continue reading

The Survivor

Violence Against Indigenous Women
The Survivor
by Ukhengching Marma for AlalODulal

This is the story of an 8 year-old Marma girl, who loves to go school, likes to play with her friends, and lives with her family in a small remote village in Rangamati in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Continue reading