Water Clogged People in Bangladesh – Let's help them out!

Hello all,

This mail is involves approximately one hundred thousand people, living in a remote place of Jessore named Vobodoho Upazilla. Many of you may already know about this issue. For those who do not know about this, about one hundred thousand people in three villages of Vobodoho Upazilla in Jessore have been water clogged for more than a year. All their lands are under water. Therefore, they cannot cultivate anything. Their houses and roads areunder water, too. As a result, they cannot lead normal life. Water clogging is not a new issue in Bangladesh. This situation it did not arise from flood. It’s a man made disaster. It has occured due to the formation of sluice gate there. Therefore, it does not have any natural solution.

This water is not going anywhere unless the authority does something about the sluice gates. It was decided on November 2005 that the situation would be dealt on an emergency basis. But, needless to day, no help reached to the villagers. If anyone wants to know more information about this issue, here is the web site link:


This blog is being maintained by the Drishtipat Virginia(USA). Our objective is twofold

1. To raise awareness
2. To donate those people

Those people are badly in need of food, medicine and other stuffs. But, raising awareness is more important than donation. We can give donation which will temporarily solve the problem. But, people have to be aware of this. Otherwise, the NUMB authority of Bangladesh is never going to pay any heed to the demand of those people.

Students of BRAC University have currently done a video on youthtube about this issue. It gives a vivid picture of the sufferings of those people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =w6jbUi4VTDw

Muhammad Jafar Iqbal recently wrote an article in Prothom Alo ocussing those people.

http://www.shuchinta.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09 /mziSep2706.pdf

Now, in order to raise awareness we are thinking of doing a manob bondhonat Shahid Minar. A tentative date for the event is 20 Dec. A few members from Dristipat Virginia will be visting Bd during that time.

We are trying to get some Big names along with us to have greater attention. A press release will be issued to involve media. We need people. The more people we have the stronger the event.

Our earnest request to everyone .please spread this news…..only 17 more days to the event…..

Hope to see you all there………


Drishtipat Virginia


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