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29 November 2013 Friday 7:25:54 PM
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Political unrest preventing missing children return to home from Barisal
Anisur rahman Swapan


Problems created for speedy safe return of recovered destitute or missing children to their family due growing political unrest over the last couple of months.

Within a fortnight at least five of such victims recovered in the city by Bangladesh Women Lawyers Association.

Masuk Kamal, area coordinator of BNWLA, disclosing these facts said Lina Begum, a volunteer of BNWLA Rasulpur information center in the city, on November 25 recovered one Sajib, 11, partly speech-impair boy.

Sajib only could tell that he came from Dhanmondi of Dhaka to Barisal by launch failed to return home.

Sajib now at the shelter home of Aparajeo Bangla, said Advocate Nurun Nahar Begum, official of BNWLA.

The five year old boy Sobhan found from garbage-item selling shop at Vatar Khal area of the city on November 10, 2013 by Alfazur Rahman, field facilitator BNWLA.

Sobhan told names of his family members late Mustafa (father), Rabeya (mother), Ibrahim (elder brother, Nanna (sister) and address as Jhawtala Panir Tengki, Lagolkot, Feni.

Two person alluring him brought from Feni to Dhaka by train and then to Barisal by launch and left him at Barisal port seeing police there.

Later he engaged in work at the “Vangari” shop of Liton near launch ghat area, the BNWLA official said.

Sobhan now given shelter in Chhotomoni Nibas, children safe home of social service department at Agoiljhara of Barisal, BNWLA sources told.

Shimul, 13, Mukta, 10, Nasima, 12, three siblings, coming from Gopalganj in search of their father became destitute in the city on November 10, 2013.

According to the children their father Nur Alam Khan leaving them and mother left home at Char Batna of Muladi about 7 years ago and then they took shelter at the house of maternal grand mother at Gopalganj.

Coming to Barisal in search of father spent all of their money and political unrest prevented them to return back to Gopalganj.

They coming to Barisal Reporters Unity while asked help, BRU informed BNWLA.

BNWLA after searching and contacting handed over them to their mother Shirin Begum after two days.

Arranging temporary shelter for the of the recovered victims, as per rule we inform and contact with respective police stations and uses our own sources to verify identity and addresses and tress out their legal guardians for safe return of the victims to the family, Advocate Salma Ali, executive director BNWLA.

We now a day rarely receive helps from police as they say they are very much busy in controlling law and order due to political unrests, said Advocate Manjuara Begum, Barisal divisional BNWLA in charge.

In recent days even after recovering identifications of the victimized children, we fail to handover them speedily to legal guardians due to shutdowns and blockades. This situation increases sufferings of both of sides, Masuk Kamal, BNWLA area coordinator said.

Recently recovered children could not be defined as typical street-children and so they special care in shelter and speedy safe return to family which preventing by political unrest, he added.





Edited By: Ahmed Razib

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