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.
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Cox’s Bazar – Bangladesh is boosting efforts to combat human trafficking with a 2018-2022 national plan of action to improve enforcement through better inter-agency coordination, improved training of officers and harmonization of existing laws.
Cox’s Bazar – Under clear 36-degree Celsius skies, an exhausted Rafiq leans against his house, surrounded by his five children. Glancing upwards, he ponders another sweltering walk down a steep dirt path to haul clean water for his family.
Cox’s Bazar – When Cyclone Fani – one of the most powerful Indian Ocean storms of the past decade – barrelled up the Bay of Bengal a week ago making landfall in northern India and western Bangladesh, it left 24 people dead, a trail of destruction and thousands displaced.