bangladesh, Gender-based Violence, identity, immigrant experience, public health

forgotten tale of independence

**Trigger Warning** chabish-ey March (26th March) independence day we celebrate but let us not forget... the systematic killing of our people "Operation Lightsearch" war crime/death squads infiltrating the streets of Dhaka, or the disappearance of half of Chittagong's population the cleansing- genocide of over 3 million people atrocities of religious leaders endorsing "gonimoter maal" (war… Continue reading forgotten tale of independence

immigrant experience

she is~

from a land where genocide was not recognized from a tongue that could never be translated from the womb with a heart of gold from his word that she would be even more successful ...than a son from the amnesty of a special agricultural worker from a soul of remittances work to live by-the-day from… Continue reading she is~

Gender-based Violence, immigrant experience, public health, Uncategorized

Speaking Against the Silencing of Survivors

It wasn't easy to think about it...I was afraid to write about this; perhaps that's the very reason that I should.  **Trigger Warning** - This post is about sexual assault & gender-based violence. Perhaps in the 5th or 6th grade- I remember one Saturday, I was late to the mosque for a weekly session. That day,… Continue reading Speaking Against the Silencing of Survivors

public health

“Dui-ti shontaner beshi noy…”[“Not more than 2 children…”]

Background: International Centre for Diarrheaol Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is a research institution "committed to solving public health problems facing low- and middle-income countries through innovative scientific research – including laboratory-based, clinical, epidemiological and health systems research." I am a bit ashamed to admit that just a few months ago, I questioned who would to… Continue reading “Dui-ti shontaner beshi noy…”[“Not more than 2 children…”]

immigrant experience, Uncategorized

Exploring an Identity (Part 2: “Our People v. Your People”)

"ebhabei amader manush jibon katai" (this is how our people spend their lives) - a common preface or ending to any melancholic observation or story. For a long time I thought these people (living in Bangladesh) were "my people," but I realized it is a difficult concept to grasp. How can they possibly be my… Continue reading Exploring an Identity (Part 2: “Our People v. Your People”)

public health, Uncategorized

Exploring an Identity (Part 1)

These past few weeks have been really interesting for me. Background: It is the first time I am visiting my motherland for a purpose other than family. It also happens to be my first time in a public health research setting (aside from an academic setting and a small community based organization I interned at… Continue reading Exploring an Identity (Part 1)

public health, Uncategorized

Happiness (Reasons why I study Public Health)

Last year, at Stony Brook University’s commencement, Billy Joel said  “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” I was brought up to value people, time, and experiences. Abundance comes from the riches of the heart, not money.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 5 adults… Continue reading Happiness (Reasons why I study Public Health)

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Pray.

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. - Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner I am drained.  I cannot keep up… Continue reading Pray.