Bangladesh: A hard life in the camps for Urdu speaking minority

In this photo story set in Dhaka, Bangladesh, MRG’s Director of Programmes Shobha Das goes on an eye-opening tour of a camp inhabited by a marginalized Urdu-speaking community. The first of its community members arrived in the 1940s from India, and up to four generations now called the camp home.

They face widespread discrimination from mainstream Bengali society, due to being perceived as 'traitors' as they were thought to support Pakistan during Bangladeshs war for independence. The community lacks adequate housing and sanitation, faces poor access to employment and a high infant mortality rate. Capturing these issues, the photo story illustrates the everyday lives of the camps residents and sheds light on their ongoing hardship.

View the photo album Camp life in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Date: 23/12/2011

Countries:

Bangladesh

Categories:

Statelessness
Poverty
Refugees/Displacement/Migrants

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Name: Shobha Das

Telephone: +44 207 422 4205

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