The death toll in the Hill Tracts keeps rising
This week, we witnessed the loss of over 160 innocent lives to a climate disaster in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), a tragedy that has touched many people nationally and also internationally.
Even Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his deep shock over the huge casualties and large-scale devastation caused by landslides in five south-eastern hill districts of Bangladesh. Continue reading “Can’t Dhaka hear the cry out of the hill peoples?”
The CHT is an only extensive hilly area in Bangladesh, comprises a total area of 5,093 sqm. miles with around 1.6 million populations (as per census 2011) and is covered with hills, forests, rivers, lake, natural waterfalls and other natural resources including enriched jungles. This panoramic scenario, landscape, and diversity all the more attract the tourists to visit the CHT region. By taking the advantage of panoramic beauty of region, in recent years, the Government of Bangladesh has undertaken an initiative to set up tourist spots elsewhere mainly through Bangladesh military forces and private sector ignoring the special administrative system of CHT and traditional tribal-inhabited feature of the region and without considering impact on environment and biodiversity and lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of the area. Continue reading “Survival threat in CHT”
Development is one of the important parts of all the nations, communities and the individuals, primarily in relation to improved living conditions and reductions in poverty levels. But what if the term development is used to triggered to destroy the life and culture of indigenous peoples? The Bangladesh indigenous peoples’ painful histories of being excluded, exploited and discriminated are reflected in their present situation today. They belong to the most fringes, marginalised and vulnerable people in the country. Continue reading “Tourism Development: triggered to destroy the life and culture of indigenous peoples”
There are about 54 Indigenous communities in Bangladesh covering about two percent of the total population have been living in different pockets of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region and in the plain lands of the country with approximately 3 million living side by side with the Bengali majority people. Today, the indigenous peoples know that they must carefully control the influences that could destroy their cultural identity, their future, and the vital resources upon which all life depends on. Indigenous knowledge and practices are one of the phenomena and essential to the human development since the century. Continue reading “Indigenous practices are at risk in Bangladesh”