Silent Catastrophe

Silent Catastrophe

The terrors the Rohingya people fled are well known to the world. But in their new reality, many continue to suffer from psychosocial conditions. by Maliha Khan Nurun Nahar must return home to her children. Half an hour stolen between feeding her family breakfast and...
Empowered by Law

Empowered by Law

Being unaware of your rights is as good as not having any by Raeed Abd-Allah Chowdhury After getting married, Bilkis was emotionally and physically abused by her in-laws for not bringing in enough dowry. The law in Bangladesh criminalizes the extraction of dowry from...
Sadia: Linguist, Volunteer, Diagnostician

Sadia: Linguist, Volunteer, Diagnostician

Narrated by: Bipasha Khatun, Friendship Medical Assistant at Balukhali 1 at the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) camps in Ukhiya: I came across a little girl who was helping the medical assistants usher in patients. Named Sadia, this 7-year-old was also...
Momota: Matriarch

Momota: Matriarch

Momota has been married for over 10 years, and lives with her husband and two sons on a riverine island (char) called Khockhali in Gaibandha district. Even though it has been quite some time, Momota has yet to receive her mehr (dower), a mandatory payment from the...
Josna Rani: A Queen in Her Own Right

Josna Rani: A Queen in Her Own Right

Rani, meaning queen in Bangla, lives up to her namesake. In 1983, at the age of 15, Josna Rani got married, having no choice but accept child marriage, being born into an extremely poor family. Seeing as her new husband was also a laborer, their financial troubles did...
Jobeda Khatun: Rising Against All Odds

Jobeda Khatun: Rising Against All Odds

For several years, Jobeda remained in abject poverty. Her first child was born to every financial disadvantage, seeing as there were no options available to him. His father, a day labourer, could not add much to the household, and Jobeda, uneducated and married as a...
Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

In the rural regions of Bangladesh, such as the hard-to-reach chars in the north of the country, women are seen as the guardians of seeds.  Women play the primary role in the preservation of seeds from the time they are harvested and stored until they are planted in...
Chandra Banu: Never Too Late

Chandra Banu: Never Too Late

When Chandra was a girl, she lived in a char (riverine island) so remote that she did not have any access to education. In her village there were no schools, or even opportunities to learn in an informal setting. She lived most of her life without even knowing how to...
Akhi: Wise Beyond Her Years

Akhi: Wise Beyond Her Years

Twelve-year-old Akhi is a student at one of Friendship’s secondary schools. She is one of five children in a family living in the chars of Bangladesh.  Since her mother stays at home to take care of the house and children, the burden of earning household income...
Mobile medics

Mobile medics

Friendship medics-aides deliver doorstep healthcare using mobile app by Naushad Ali Husein Shahjahan, 40, is suffering from severe diarrhoea. Given the nearest hospital is a four-hour journey over river and land, Shahjahan’s condition could easily prove fatal without...