Stripped of Their Last Source of Survival

September 20, 2007

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, September 20, 2007]

(L-R): Hasina Khatun, Saleha Khatun, Abdur Rahim and Jahanara Begum

Jahanara Begum is too ill to hold a pen steadily. But for 35 years, that steady hand helped shape many of the best doctors, lawyers, teachers and engineers of today. This 67-year-old woman has been a primary school teacher since 1962, and retired from service in 1998. Her place of work: Bhajahuri Shaha Street Government Primary School in Dhaka’s Sutrapur area. After the disappearance of her husband, a freedom fighter who never returned home after March 25th, she single-handedly brought up her two sons and daughter. After toiling away for so many years for a meagre pay of about Taka 4000 a month, Jahanara looked forward to her retirement. Read the rest of this entry »