Facing an uncertain future

November 24, 2006

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, November 24, 2006]

Mahmuda was a very ordinary teenager living in a small village in Nilphamari. The only thing that made her life different from many others was that her father died when she was very small, leaving her mother and her in a state of extreme poverty and helplessness. Mahmuda and her mother were forced to go back to her maternal grandfather’s house and live on whatever her uncles settled to spare for them. As young as she was, Mahmuda did not want to live on someone else’s money for the rest of her life. She thought she had the capability of earning a decent living on her own and was determined to go out and get it. A very brave decision for a girl so young! But the steps she took next would change her life forever. Read the rest of this entry »


A Flicker of Hope

November 10, 2006

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, November 10, 2006]

Madhabi Mala now has something to look forward to. (Photo: Andrew Morris)

About seven weeks ago Madhabi Majhi’s life almost came to an end at the house where she worked as a maid. Her employer, Kalpana Majumder allegedly pushed her and her co-worker Moni Mala from the top of a six-storey building. Fifteen-year-old Moni Mala never lived to tell the series of events that led up to that fateful day. 10-year-old Madhabi was rushed to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR). Read the rest of this entry »