Ms. Parvin Sultana (pseudo name) is a mother of two daughters and a migrant who used to live in the United Kingdom (UK). Due to the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, she returned to Bangladesh on 16 March 2020 along with her two daughters. Since then she and her daughters were stranded here and could not manage to migrate to the UK again as there were no flights.
Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic induced crisis intensified the mental stress of Abul Hasan (pseudo name), a European returnee migrant, who had been facing fears of social stigma and anxiety. After receiving tele-counseling from Prottasha, now, he is not only aware of the crisis, but also able to manage his mental stress. He is now hopeful of leading a healthy life even during the unprecedented restrictions on mobility in the country.
‘I only have one dream — to live a life of laughter and happiness with my husband and child.’
Coming from a financially unstable family, Kamal Miah (42) (fictitious name), the eldest son among three, went abroad with the dream of a better livelihood. While using multiple routes to reach Germany, he discovered danger and uncertainty at each step straining his own life at stake.
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. I always dreamt of establishing a cattle rearing farm to generate more income to support my family. Prottasha project helped me to establish the farm”, said Musa, a 42 years returnee from Greece. He is one of the beneciaries of Prottasha from Dumuria Upazila (subdistrict) in Khulna.
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.