Blog

Here you will find the day to day activities at RMMRU including posts from our various employees and the projects they are currently working on. We will also be running regular posts on key migration issues effecting Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. If you are interested in writing a piece for our blog please mail all submissions to info@rmmru.org

SEEING A NEW SIDE OF BANGLADESH AND FEELING A DEEPER CONNECTION TO THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While working at RMMRU, it was easy to forget I was in an office. Everyone is very cordial there. Colleagues are often introduced as “senior friends.” We worked in Khulna, Jessore, and Bagerhat Districts. Among the various field-sites we worked at, I remember two names especially – Moralganj and Amurkata. In my opinion, the situation in Amurkata indicates the unequal development that occurs across Bangladesh. Many essential facilities seem to be lacking or in need of improvement. Similarly, people in Moralgonj face difficulties in accessing...

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Same Street, Different Life: Diversity of Adaption Strategies in Bangladesh

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In our work, we visited Bagerhat, Khulna, Jessore, Gopalganj, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Pirojpur, Satkhira Districts. Rough weather and tough communication experiences will always be helpful in my life, for various reasons. Being specific, my experience of working in Maheshkhali Upazilla (Cox’s Bazar), was quite educational. There, high population growth, a low literacy rate, and problematic sanitation systems, combined with frequent tidal surges and cyclones, make life challenging for the people who live there. An especially...

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DECCMA RESEARCH WITH RMMRU PROVES HIGHLY FULFILLING FOR THIS ANTHROPOLOGY STUDENT

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For our project, we moved between workplaces located in Khulna, Bagerhat, Jessore, and Gopalganj Districts. Working with RMMRU was a very positive experience, and I learned many different things from my time working on this project. Even as an Anthropologist, I found this research project to be enjoyable and fulfilling. I think this experience will help me in my future career and life. I also found the transportation methods used by our research team – motorcycle, boat, and van – to be quite fun. For me, these are new ways of getting around,...

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“Climate change challenges multifaceted” by Tanjim Uddin

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Global warming has increased the frequency of extreme weather events, such as tropical cyclones, floods, severe rainstorms and droughts. A research project, titled DECCMA (DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation) is running in Bangladesh to examine how people are adapting to climate change, such as sea level rise, alongside socio-economic pressures, including land degradation and population pressurein delta regions. In the DECCMA...

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“Migration &Adaptation: A Short Story of Khulna & Jessore”by Md. Niaz Murshed

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Khulna is the third largest city in Bangladesh. It is situated on the banks of the Bhairab and Rupsha rivers. It is also the centre point of the Khulna division. Khulna is also known for its port. This division consisted of ten districts and it is the gateway to the world largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. Mangla is home to an important port for Southwest Bangladesh. It has fabulous natural beauty, but the lifestyle is not so easy here: drought, cyclone and other weather events are a regular phenomenon here. With each day, the risks...

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“Trees and tender-heartedness in Borguna” by Shihab Uddin

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Now a days, migration and climate change are talked regularly. When one person goes from one place to another, this is called migration. My long dream was to come to work with RMMRU. I think that these days were some of the greatest days of my life. As a supervisor, my main task was to supervise and monitor the field. First of all, RMMRU selected a team. That team consisted of seven members (including myself). My first trip was to Assassuni in Satkhira Districts. After a long journey, we came Satkhira, but when we disembarked from bus, we...

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“The lives of littoral people in Rehania” by Tamanna Nazneen

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rehania, a coastal village of Bangladesh in Hatiya island, Noakhali. Cyclone, coastal flood, water salinity are some of the common natural hazards in Rehania. Recently, a research survey named DECCMA (Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation) under RMMRU (Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit) has been held in this area. For this reason, I had the great opportunity to go to Hatiya and observe the lifestyle of the people in the Rehania village. Most of the people of Rehania are the victim of natural hazards...

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“The lengths one must go for drinking water” by Aysha Akter Akhi

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I went to Noakhali, Laxmipur, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jessore, and Gopalgonj for field surveys for the DECCMA project. I gained so many experiences from this journey. Among them, I can share the place called Amurkata of Paikgacha of the Khulna district. In Amurkata, there is a scarcity of drinking water. This area of six or seven kilometers has no internal transport. People paddle from one part to another. The ground in that the area is high in salinity. There are also very few trees and the weather is quite rough. People often travel three of four...

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“One village above water, another below” – Md. Saiful Islam (Sourav)

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I got the chance to work for RMMRU and through this organization, I was able to visit many places that I have never been before. I visited these places for my research work which allowed me to visit many rural places. This was my first opportunity to learn first-hand about nature climate change and life in these regions. I was surprised when I saw village people surviving day by day for their livelihood or family. Two villages were divided by a road. One village is still under water and another is more developed. That village is still...

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“Different gender norms surprise” by Nazia Bushra

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The thing I want to share is that this was a difficult journey. Though the roads were muddy and slippery, we had to go and conduct our research. In some areas, the respondents were quite conservative and didn’t want to speak with my male partner, preferring to speak with someone of the same gender. In that case, I went to take her into a separate room and took all the information we were seeking. In addition, migration and adaptation techniques are not the same within a locality as well as within any family. In Bagerchat, the salinity...

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