গত কয়েক বছর ধরে দেখা গেছে একটি শীর্ষ-মাইক্রোওয়েভ প্রযুক্তি টাওয়ারের ফলে ‘গিগা আইল্যান্ড’ মহেশখালী বিকশিত হয়েছে। এই প্রযুক্তিতে এখানকার বাসিন্দারা ১০০ এমবিপিএসেরও বেশি গতিসম্পন্ন ইন্টারনেট সুবিধা পাচ্ছেন। দেশের কোথাও বর্তমানে এমন দ্রুতগতির ইন্টারনেট সুবিধা নেই। বর্তমান সরকার তথ্য প্রযুক্তির সেবা গ্রামের তৃনমূল পর্যায়ে পৌঁছে দেয়ার লক্ষ্যে পাইলট প্রকল্প ডিজিটাল আইল্যান্ড হিসেবে মহেশখালী দ্বীপকেই বেছে নিয়ে ক্রমান্বয়ে বিভিন্ন ক্ষেত্রে ই-সেবা নিশ্চিত করছে।
“When I returned to Bangladesh from Greece, I was in deep mental shock and hopeless. I could not even understand what my future and livelihood would be. Prottasha project has given a hope to get back in life.
Watching people go abroad had grown Shahnaz Khaton’s hope for a better life in other countries. After convincing her worried family, she managed to go through a middle man who cost her a fortune for a passport and training in Dhaka.
Sathy Khaton left Bangladesh for Jordan with big dreams. She was promised with domestic aide’s job in Jordan, something that she always dreamt about. First few days were full of excitement. But as time went by, things started to change.
“We were guarded by an armed convoy carrying AK-47s. It was nothing short of a Hollywood movie!” Ershad Mia said as he shared his experience with IOM. The sigh of disbelief was visible on his face even after 3 years.
Mamunur Rashid and his family members were lured by a middleman living in his area to send him off to Malaysia. They were promised that Mamun would end up with a secured job and descent salary. Considering their economic conditions, Mamun and his family saw this as a great opportunity.
Roman was kidnapped by human traffickers and just barely escaped with his life. With support, he is now rebuilding his life and is also co-owner of a social business that sells fast food by the beach.
Alam suffered horrible torture aboard a ship on the Andaman Sea for many months before being rescued. Now he has opened a tea stall in his village and is rebuilding his emotional and financial strength so he can provide for his son.
Adesho had been working since he was a child and thought overseas employment would help him break out of the poverty trap.
Janeh was fifteen years old, studying in class 9 at a government school in Cox Bazar. He was a Quran hafiz and a very beautiful child, the apple of his parents’ eyes.