“Water, water, everywhere/Nor any drop to drink”—the situation of 900 families of two remote villages under Sharafpur Union Parishad was no better than the sailor in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, who was surrounded by salt water that he could not drink.
Soon after Maya Begum, 30, a poor rural woman from Nowkoir village of Solop Union Parishad under Ullapara Upazila Parishad, Sirajganj district, tried to make fire in her traditional stove the whole kitchen became full of black smoke;
Manjuara Khatun’s nightmare started last year when her husband got injured in a sudden traffic road accident. The injury rendered him unable to work thus throwing her world upside down.
Halima Begum wailed through the night as she clutched her pregnant stomach. She was in labour, in pain, and in panic. Miles away from the nearest hospital, things took a turn for worse as she fainted from pain.