Sara Hossain Interview

May 30, 2008

The Whole Nine Yards
[Daily Star, May 30, 2008]

Sara Hossain speaks to Hana Shams Ahmed about the state of human rights in various sectors of the country and the administration’s role in creating a congenial atmosphere where human rights can be ensured for every person. Read the rest of this entry »


What will happen after Sajek?

May 16, 2008

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, May 16, 2008]

A burnt down home of a Pahari victim in Sajek union

On April 20 an act of extreme violence took place across seven villages in Chittagong Hill Tracts — Nursery Para, Baibachara, Purba Para, Nangal Mura, Retkaba, Simana para and Gangaram Mukh — of Sajek union under Baghaichari upazila (sub-district) in Rangamati district. Houses of villagers were burnt to the ground in the darkness of the night. The houses belonged to both Paharis and Bangali settlers, although Pahari victims say the majority were Pahari houses. Bangali settlers say the opposite.

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Stolen Childhood

May 3, 2008

by Hana Shams Ahmed
[Daily Star, May 3, 2008]

Two weeks ago there was a shocking news report about the brutal murder of a 56-year-old writer. The 23-year-old murderer was a nephew of the woman, and reports allege that he was a drug addict and came to his aunt looking for money. When he was refused, he went ballistic and murdered her. The whole incident was witnessed from the beginning by one person– an eight-year-old girl, called Momota. News cameras caught her describing in gory detail every step of the murder, and finally the murderer running away and warning the girl of dire consequences if she spoke about it to anyone.

How is Momota related to anyone in the house? She’s not. She used to work as a ‘bandha’ (derogatory term for full-time employment) maidservant of the house. Read the rest of this entry »