“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 underwater because of the environmental situation and its location near the river.

I was also surprised when I saw a mother with three sons. One son was an AGM at Bangladesh Bank, another was a Supreme Court advocate and the third was a businessman. They don’t contribute to their family at all – not even to their mother. They don’t help financially – not even a single taka. To hear that was very difficult, and it never stops to bring tears to my eyes. Some people never build or construct a building because of the cyclone of the floor. This is because these types of events keep happening. They know that if they build a house this month that next month another cyclone or flood may come. What is the point?

To sum it up, I learnt a lot during my visits to these places. One question always returns to me: how do people live? How do they survive? But still, they do survive. They are the actual fighter.

Md Saiful Islam

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