Stories about Bangladesh from May, 2013
Amader Kotha, a site dedicated to women's issues in Bangladesh reports that at least 35,000 children are being exploited sexually on a commercial basis in the country. More than half of them live in the official red light districts of the country and are often forced to enter the profession that...
A plan to erect a coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh next to the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world which straddles Bangladesh and India, is drawing fire from activists in the country who say it would destroy the world heritage site.
The same day that the death toll of a nine-story factory collapse in Savar in the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka rose to 1,055, now the deadliest building collapse since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a female worker named Reshma Begum was found alive after being trapped in the rubble for 17 days.
Members of a radical Islamist party in Bangladesh attacked female journalists on assignment as the group marched in the country's capital to demand strict Islamic law, including a ban on free mixing of the sexes. Until its demands are met, the party has promised to cut off the city of Dhaka from the rest of the country on May 5, 2013 by stationing its activists at all six entry points into the city.
A long and difficult rescue operation has been going on since the factory building collapse on April 24, 2013 in Savar, Bangladesh. 397 people have died, and 2834 workers have been rescued alive so far from the rubble. This post tells the stories of the ordinary people who came forward to rescue the victims along with the professionals.