Historic Peace in Jeopardy?

November 9, 2007

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, November 9, 2007]

After more than two decades of bloodshed the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord, was in many ways a breakthrough for all the people of Bangladesh. The 25 years of armed conflict between the Bangladesh Army and the Shanti Bahini that wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihoods of the serene hill people came to a stop. Most of those who had migrated to neighbouring countries in fear of their lives came back and reunited with their friends and families. Seven hundred and thirty nine members of the Jana Sanghhati Samity (JSS), of which Shanti Bahini had been the military wing, headed by their leader Jotirindriyo Bodhipriyo Larma (alias Shantu Larma) ceremonially surrendered their arms to the government of Bangladesh. Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban– three of the most beautiful districts of the country finally slept in peace. Read the rest of this entry »