In other news we, the now ten volunteers on induction, are heading off on our induction trip out of Dhaka city this Friday. We get to enjoy a 10 hour bus journey as he set off in search of the Royal Bengali Tiger in the world’s largest Mangrove Forest- the Sundurban! I too see the contradiction in being afraid of a cockroach yet relishing confronting the great tiger but I guess this relish comes from the fact that we are highly unlikely to cross paths…..Anyway I’m really looking forward to getting away from the city and I’m sure it’ll be great fun.
Finally, Sunday is International Mother Language Day. This date was chosen to honour the lives of 5 Bangladeshi students killed by Pakistani security forces as they defended their native Bangla language on 21st February 1952– marking the beginning of the struggle for Bangladesh’s independence. Over 60years later, this remains an extremely emotional and important day for the state and peoples of Bangladesh (on the hypocritical attitude towards other indigenous languages here, I will return) and it will be great to mark it in a small town in South West of the country.
Photos will be taken, I promise!
Slán go foill