Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bangladesh: Ethnic Jumma people living in fear after attacks year ago
Photos by Saleem Samad: They are now widows (left). Their husbands Lakkhi Bijoy Chakma (40) and Buddhapati Chakma (36) were brutally killed during the strife by Bangalee settlers with machetes in Baghaihat, Sajek. Below the Marma resident in Khagrachari lost everything. His mud-built house along with food grain stock was burnt to ashes in broad day-light by settlers. However, his family escaped unhurt. The perpetrators enjoy impunity and remain illusive.
The Jummas who lost their homes in the attacks are living in makeshift houses, despite government promises of rehabilitation and compensation.
Aid agencies, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have been prevented from working in the area. There are reports that army and intelligence activities have dramatically increased.