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51,316.  It is likely that thirty-five million Bangladeshis would become climate refugees.  (Climate Science & Bangladesh)  Professors Iain Stewart & Kathy Sykes, Future Earth

 

 

64,506.  I believe that possibly the greatest famine in recorded history has now begun here, with tens of thousands of people already dead and dying and suffering.  I also believe that Bangladesh could become the world’s most ignored tragedy, because Mr Kissinger and Mr Brezhnev have now agreed on a doctrine in which a country like Bangladesh is expendable.  John Pilger, An Unfashionable Tragedy

 

64,507.  I happen to be standing in the middle of a field piled high with human skeletons, bones and skulls and pieces of human hair as far as I can see, now picked over by crows.  ibid. 

 

64,508.  You see, it’s no longer a question of pity and charity - to hell with that.  Their struggle to survive is our struggle.  Beat it in Bangladesh and you beat it in Britain.  It’s really a simple choice that has little to do with the brotherhood of man.  The alternative is that we are all expendable.  ibid. 

 

 

98,987.  On a moonless night in 1971 Moudud Ahmed led me clandestinely into what was then East Pakistan – and is now Bangladesh – past villages that the Pakistani army had raped and razed.  The war of liberation was under way; Moudud was a young lawyer who had defended the Bengali independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  When Bangladesh was declared that year, Moudud brought a rally to its feet when he held up the front page of the Daily Mirror, which carried my report beneath the headline: BIRTH OF A NATION.  ‘We are alive, but we are not yet free,’ he said, prophetically.

 

Once in power, Sheikh Mujib turned on his own democrats and held show trials at which Moudud was their indefatigable defender until he himself was arrested.  Assassination, coup and counter-coup have since seen Moudud revolve between prison and parliament.  He once won a parliamentary seat from prison.  In the 1980s he was prime minister.  It is fair to say that Bangladesh’s short life has been blighted by almost perpetual conflict between feudalists and democrats and, more recently, fundamentalists.

 

National elections have been called for 5 January.  The prime minister since 2009, Sheik Hasina – daughter of Sheik Mujib – has been accused of manipulating the electoral process to establish a one-party state.  The announcement of elections coincided with the arrest of six leaders of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party, including Moudud.  Under investigation for tax evasion and inciting attacks on police, they have been refused bail, which means they cannot stand in the elections.  Framing political opponents in order to silence them is a familiar game.

 

Moudud is suffering from a pituitary tumour.  His wife, the poet Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud, once told me: ‘The country is a prison, and the world must know.’

 

Sheikh Hasina recently appointed herself law minister and home minister.  This means that the final decision on whether the leadership of the parliamentary opposition stands against her Awami League or languishes in prison is hers.  The opposition leaders have already missed the registration date, which was shortly after they were arrested.  At the very least Moudud, who is ill, ought to be released now.  

 

Bangladesh deserves better.  John Pilger, article December 2013 ‘The Prison that is Bangladesh’  

 

 

64,509.  Bangladesh.... In 1971 ... Kissinger overrode all advice in order to support the Pakistani generals in both their civilian massacre policy in East Bengal and their armed attack on India from West Pakistan ... This led to a moral and political catastrophe the effects of which are still sorely felt.  Kissinger’s undisclosed reason for the ‘tilt’ was the supposed but never materialised ‘brokerage’ offered by the dictator Yahya Khan in the course of secret diplomacy between Nixon and China ... Of the new state of Bangladesh, Kissinger remarked coldly that it was ‘a basket case’ before turning his unsolicited expertise elsewhere.  (Bangladesh & Kissinger)  Christopher Hitchens

 

 

104,957.  ‘A lot of men come to see us.  It’s a very bad world.  Isn’t it a sin?  Is this a life?  I wish I was not alive.’  (Bangladesh & Prostitution)  Sex, Slavery & Drugs in Bangladesh, Vice TV, prostitute

 

104,958.  Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries where prostitution is legal but completely unregulated.  (Bangladesh & Prostitution)  ibid.

 

104,959.  Many of whom are victims of sexual slavery(Bangladesh & Prostitution)  ibid.

 

104,960.  Yaba, a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant.  Popular in Bangladesh it is one of many drugs that are cheap and easy to get in the brothel.  (Bangladesh & Prostitution)  ibid.  

 

104,961.  A nationwide industry of exploitation.  (Bangladesh & Prostitution)  ibid.

 

104,962.  Sex workers have no official rights.  (Bangladesh & Prostitution)  ibid.  

 

 

123,436.  Some of the hardest places to get to in the republic of Bangladesh are the shipbreaking yards of Chittagong.  Ships from all over the world are sent here to die.  But not just ships.  Local workers die too of suffer severe injuries.  (Ship & Bangladesh)  Scrapped: The Deadly Business of Dismantling Ships in Bangladesh, RT 2015

 

123,437.  Chittagong is the second largest city in Bangladesh.  (Ship & Bangladesh)  ibid.    

 

123,438.  The average wage is $3 a day.  (Ship & Bangladesh)  ibid.    

 

123,439.  No medical facilities.  No compensation.  (Ship & Bangladesh)  ibid.    

 

123,440.  Up to 200 ships sail into the bay each year.  (Ship & Bangladesh)  ibid.