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

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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)