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Forest worker now landless labourer

Forest worker now landless labourer

Sirajul Islam, born in 1952, comes from a family of honey collectors in Bhekotmari village of Soladana union of Paikgacha, Khulna, in Bangladesh. He started working in the forest with his father around 1975 or 1976. He had to stop his education during 1971. But about...

A Rohingya woman’s journey from Arakan to Nepal

A Rohingya woman’s journey from Arakan to Nepal

At the time of the interview (2020) Sabira was 26 years old. She had left Arakan in 2012, coming to Nepal in 2013. She has two sons and one daughter which were all born in Nepal. When she moved to Nepal, she came with her husband whom she met in Bangladesh. She had...

Safeguarding ancestral land

Safeguarding ancestral land

Minuti Biswas (50)—known to everyone as ‘Futi’ in the fishing community (jeleypara). She lives in Taiyabpur village in Baniakhali in Saratput, Khulna, on the banks of the Bhadra River—and is the last member of her immediate family living in Bangladesh. Around twenty...

Loving, Writing, and being ‘Bihari’ in Bangladesh

Old Dhaka’s finest aristocrat

My name is Abu Md Jahangir and I’m usually referred to as A. M. Jehangir. I used to be chief license inspector of trade, profession and college of City Corporation, Dhaka. I retired in 1982. I was in charge of the whole of Dhaka and had ten inspectors working under...

Losing land to shrimp farms

Losing land to shrimp farms

Pratap Sarker has seen first-hand how his village has changed over the course of a mere forty years. A resident of Radhanagar village in Modhukhali of Deluti Union in Paikgacha upazila of Khulna, Pratap today works as a seasonal labourer. He explains that even during...