March 23, 2017

Bangladesh Cannot Survive Without the Sundarbans

Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest. (Photo by Sandy & Alan)

Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is a living and most effective natural fence protecting the coastal belt areas. It indeed saved us from the devastation of cyclones Sidr and Aila in the recent past. Not only so, it is the forest that offers various sources of livelihood to more than five hundred thousand local inhabitants. Unfortunately, the ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Secret Weapon Against Extremism

UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women walk in Dhaka, organized by BIWTC Workers Union . (Photo by International Transport Workers Federation)

Since the late 1990s, Bangladesh has witnessed an increase in militancy and violent extremism that has exposed women to greater threats than before. Such kinds of extremism prevent women from being emancipated economically and socially. In Bangladesh, a number of Islamist extremist groups believe women should not have a prominent role in society. Earlier this year, Hefazat (-e-Islam, a radical ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Stateless Rohingyas

The Rohingyas are a persecuted ethnic and religious minority from Myanmar, and the groups in Cox's Bazar fled that persecution in 1991 to live in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy by Austcare - World Humanitarian Aid)

Every human being has the right to live in his birthplace irrespective of religion, color and race. But in case of Rohingyas in Myanmar, it is different and difficult. Rohingyas ( an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak Rohingya) have been living in the state of Arakan in Myanmar since the 8th century, but have not been recognized as citizens. After decades of oppression ... Read More »