As soon as he was elected the Chairman of Dacope Upazila Parishad (3rd Upazila Parishad) under Khulna district, S.M. Abul Hossain began to ponder on how to conduct the Parishad meetings that has not been practiced properly for a while.
Whether it rains or the sun is too hot, Ria Rani Das, 10, doesn’t want to miss her school now. Coming from a very poor family where her parents could hardly afford two meals a day, Ria, a class five student, now knows that food is ready for her in school and she would not go hungry all through the day.
Halima Begum wailed through the night as she clutched her pregnant stomach. She was in labour, in pain, and in panic.
Unlike previous years, Rina Begum, 36, a mother of three, is not that much worried about sending her kids to schools during the coming rainy season. The housewife from North Karuna village of Hosnabad Union under Betagi Upazila of Barguna district recalls,
Manjuara Khatun’s nightmare started last year when her husband got injured in a sudden traffic road accident.
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;
Sitting under a mango tree on a sunny Saturday morning, the wrinkled face of Haider Ali brimmed with pride as a local government official addressed the thousand-strong crowd.
“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.