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Female migrants – Realm of modern day slavery

Morshed Ali Khan › Young Bangladeshi female migrants, working in the middle eastern and other oil-rich countries are increasingly subjected to torture and sexual abuse by their employers. Sources in Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh said that of the victims, younger ones become more vulnerable despite their legal status in the destination countries. In many cases the […]

Homecoming in Coffins

Morshed Ali Khan › Bangladeshi migrant workers experienced the worst year in 2017, with around 3,500 dead bodies sent back from different countries, the highest number ever in a single year. Most of these migrant workers who died due to “heart attacks and strokes” were between the ages of 30 and 45 — an unlikely age […]

Several hundred Rohingyas manage shelter in Teknaf

Report & Photo Morshed Ali Khan › Hundreds of Rohingyas crossed the Myanmar border into Bangladesh in the wee hours yesterday and took shelter at different places including the Leda refugee camp at Mochina, some 15km north of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar coastal area. Most of the families who managed to enter Bangladesh leaving the male […]

‘I grabbed my children and ran’

Report & Photo Morshed Ali Khan › Refugees fleeing the ongoing Myanmar army crackdown on the Rohingya community in northern Rakhine state bring with them harrowing tales of brutal atrocity which shock the conscience. Traumatised and terror-stricken survivors recounted to this correspondent the Myanmar army’s modus operandi of rounding up several families, then forcing men, women […]

Rohingay refugee exodus continues

Report & Photo Morshed Ali Khan, back from Teknaf  › Even though the Bangladesh government has ignored their pleas, a vast majority of 1.5 million Rohingyas in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar are reportedly preparing to flee their country. Since World War II Myanmar has treated the Rohingyas in the most barbaric manner and stripped […]

Rohingyas desperate as atrocities continue

Report & Photo Morshed Ali Khan  › While atrocities on Rohingyas continue across the Naf River, the Border Guard Bangladesh has reinforced its troops from elsewhere of the country and pushed back thousands of Rohingyas fleeing the persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The Rohingya families, mostly women and children, hungry, tired and some […]

Kids of the betel nut industry

Report & Photos Morshed Ali Khan  › In an early morning of November recently, a group of a dozen boys between the ages of six and 15 gather by a betel nut orchard at a remote village of Choto Biraljhuri of Kowkhali upazila 230 km south of the capital Dhaka. The kids are here because […]

Dramatic midnight rescue at Meghna

Report By Morshed Ali Khan  › Staffs of a passenger launch, MV Pubali, plying between Bhandaria and Dhaka dramatically rescued a 18-year old girl from the middle of the river Meghna at around 2 am Friday, October 21. The young girl Nasreen from Betagi in Barguna, was on her way to Dhaka from Barisal on […]

VIP syndrome at Mawa ghat

Report & Photos Morshed Ali Khan  › The scene is at Mawa Ghat, one of two ferry points in the country for millions of people trying to cross the 14-kilometer wide mighty river Padma to celebrate Eid back home. For everyone it is a weeklong government holiday. It is September 9, 2016, four days prior […]

Vocational training is the answer

Emran Hossain  › A six-month course on cell phone repairing at a vocational training center has changed the life of Yasin Ali and his family hailing from a village about 120 km north of Dhaka. He was only an eighth grader, when his landless family migrated to Dhaka from Mymensingha’s Muktagachha in 2004. For the next […]

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