My pal Zafrullah Chowdhury, who has passed away aged 81, was a public health activist dedicated to making fundamental health care more available in rural Bangladesh. He established the community-based healthcare organisation Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK), which supplies cost effective, top quality medical services to millions of people.After studying at Dhaka College, ...

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Around 10pm the night before this image was taken, Samsul, a watermelon farmer, had actually boarded his boat in Barishal, a district of Bangladesh. He 'd cruised through the night to Dhaka, mooring in the capital's Sadarghat port, on the Buriganga River.Around 5am, his trawler had actually taken its spot together with another, offering pumpkins, and the farmer turned ...

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It was the summer of 1971, and the remote murmurs of a war that began months earlier had actually made their way to Rajshahi in Bangladesh, across the north bank of the Padma River, to Noor Jahan's door. The 14-year-old was playing in the courtyard with her little sis when a loud military truck came to a stop outside the family's farmhouse.Armed ...

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Police in Bangladesh are examining the murder of a popular trade union leader who was fatally beaten while trying to settle a dispute between a garment factory owner and workers over unpaid wages.Shahidul Islam, 45, a leading labour organiser for the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF), was attacked on Sunday night in ...

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Hamida Khatun is sick of moving. The 60-year-old has been displaced about 20 times during her life, always as a result of climate disasters.“They seem to follow me wherever I go,” she says. But in 2019, the floods were the worst. “I thought at some point it would stop but it just kept rising and rising,” says Khatun. She saved herself from drownin...

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Some days, Abha Kujur, 39, feels like the family “servant”. The housework is unending at the tiny rented flat in New Delhi she shares with her husband and three children. Her son, Nitesh, 18, goes to college, and her daughters, Neha, 23, and Nisha, 20, work as apprentices, but Kujur’s daily grind is as busy as it ever was.

“When they were y...

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For a Rohingya refugee, food rations are everything. We are not permitted to work. We are surrounded by a barbed-wire fence that stops us moving; goods are tough to bring in for trading and the couple of jobs there were have actually been lost.So food is the resource we depend on the most. Now provisions are being cut for the second time in a few months.Our reliance ...

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Four weeks ago, a reporter in Bangladesh was hauled from his office, badly beaten – and then thrown from the roof of his building, leaving him with fractures in his back, three broken ribs and a machete wound on his head.

The journalist, Ayub Meahzi, believes he was targeted for reporting on alleged local government ties to a criminal group.

The...

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Bangladesh police on Wednesday charged a reporter from a leading newspaper with producing “false news”, stoking fears about media freedom, after an article about high food prices went viral.

Shamsuzzaman Shams was picked up from his home in the industrial town of Savar just outside Dhaka at about 4am by plainclothes police, according to his...

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are at risk of becoming “the new Palestinians”, according to a UN head, who said they are trapped in a protracted and increasingly neglected crisis.

Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the almost 1 million people living in overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar should be...

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The cracks on the walls started to appear two days earlier. But despite the warning signs, Moushumi Begum still came to work on 24 April 2013. Moments later, she was buried under heavy rubble. “It all happened so quickly. I vividly remember every detail about that day, even though it was 10 years ago,” says Begum, who spent three hours trapped und...

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An estimated 12,000 Rohingya have been left without shelter after a fire tore through part of a cramped refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Sunday, destroying health centres, learning facilities and mosques.

The fire broke out at Camp 11 of Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, which is home to more than 1 million Rohingya refugees, including 700,000 who...

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UN staff state they have actually not been permitted to help countless Rohingya living in displacement camps in Myanmar who remain in immediate requirement of food, medicine and shelter in the consequences of Cyclone Mocha, which struck the west of the nation on Sunday.People living in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, stated they approximated that about 90% of ...

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Major clothing merchant Best-& Less has actually been accused of putting business earnings ahead of the security of Bangladeshi garment workers by decreasing to sign a crucial worldwide accord on worker safety and labour rights.The Rana Plaza catastrophe, 10 years earlier on Monday, triggered outrage at the abysmal safety requirements in the Bangladesh factories ...

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A fire tore through a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in southern Bangladesh on Sunday, leaving thousands homeless, officials said. The blaze erupted at Camp 11 in Cox’s Bazar, a south-eastern border district where more than 1 million Rohingya refugees live. Most of them fled a military-led crackdown in Myanmar in 2017...

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Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in pictures
Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesLocals gather in the shelter.Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesBangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesFamilies return home in the pouring rain.Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesBangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in pictures
Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesThe winds begin to whip up ahead of the cyclone.Leaving the shelter after the cyclone has passed.Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in pictures
Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in picturesLooking for the damage left behind by Cyclone Mocha.
Bangladesh shelters as Cyclone Mocha hits land & in pictures

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The fight for safe conditions and fair pay in Bangladesh has not yet been won, campaigners are cautioning on the 10th anniversary of the most dangerous disaster in the garment industry's history.On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were eliminated and at least another 2,000 hurt in the collapse of a factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where clothing was being ...

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At least six people were killed and several injured on Saturday when a fire broke out after an explosion at an oxygen plant in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said.

The death toll could rise as a rescue operation was ongoing at the plant at Sitakunda, 40km (25 miles) from the south-eastern port city of Chittagong, they added.

It was not...

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A searing heatwave in parts of southern Asia in April was made at least 30 times more likely by climate breakdown, according to a study by international scientists.

Unusually high temperatures of up to 45C (113F) were recorded last month in monitoring stations in parts of India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos.

The heat caused deaths and widespread...

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The health employees get here on a wooden cart, hijabs blowing in the wind, as they are pulled along a dirt road by a horse. Sand swirls in the air as kids run behind, attempting to keep up. When the cart comes to a stop, the health workers climb out, holding large white boxes. We wish to reach as a number of the ladies here as possible, states Nagma Kha ...

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The only newspaper of Bangladesh’s main opposition party has stopped publishing after a government suspension order was upheld, stoking fears about media freedom in the south Asian nation.

Campaigners and foreign governments including the US have long expressed worries about efforts by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to silence criticism and...

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Cyclone Mocha brought strong winds and torrential rain to parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar on Sunday, with refugee camps bearing the brunt of the category-5 storm, leaving at least five dead and causing half a million people to be evacuated.

The region was rocked by sustained winds of more than 160mph as Mocha made landfall, whipping up gusts closer...

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Aloka Gonju didn’t take much notice of the discoloured patch of skin on her left hand until her fingers began to stiffen and hurt. It became a struggle to pick leaves at the tea plantation where she works in Bangladesh.

“I had no idea what was happening to me,” says the 47-year-old, whose wages support her husband, four children and three gra...

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The UN has been forced to cut food rations for Rohingya refugees by 17% and has warned of “unconscionable” further cuts in April as a result of dwindling international donations.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needs $125m (£104m) urgently to avoid the further cuts.

“The repercussions of these cuts will be immediate and long lasting, as r...

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Tropical cyclone Mocha intensified to become “very dangerous”, the World Meteorological Organisation has said, warning of violent winds, floods and possible landslides in Bangladesh which could hit the world’s biggest refugee camp in Cox’s bazar.

Cyclone Mocha is predicted to make landfall on Sunday near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, according to...

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Hundreds of firefighters have been battling a fire that tore through a crowded shopping complex in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Images from the scene showed black smoke billowing from the burning complex as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. No deaths have been reported, but shop owners and fire officials told reporters that the famous...

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With little to spare themselves, Rohingya refugees are amongst those in Bangladesh sending out money, blankets and clothes to earthquake survivors in Turkey and Syria.The pictures of ruined houses and mourning households resonated with Rohingya expelled by the Myanmar armed force, prompting online organisation and volunteers walking through the huge refugee ...

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On his first day at high school, Khalid Hussain was accused of being the son of a war criminal. “A group of Bengali kids surrounded us and made it clear that we were not welcome. The incident still shocks me to this day,” says Hussain, who was 12 at the time. “But we just wanted to learn.”

It was not the last time Hussain, now a lawyer at the...

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Hundreds of Bangladeshi firefighters have battled an inferno that raged through a popular clothing market in the capital, Dhaka, and covered the city’s oldest neighbourhoods in black smoke.

No deaths have been reported, but shop owners and fire officials told reporters that the famous Bongo Bazar and three adjacent markets had been gutted in the...

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It was a warm afternoon in May 2020 when Ahmed Kabir Kishore, dozing lazily, awoke to 20 men breaking down the door of his apartment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. With guns waved in his face, he was dragged to a van outside. “Move away, we have arrested a terrorist,” he heard them shout at the crowds.

Kishore was not a terrorist. He was a cartoonist whose...

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