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Bihari Refugee Camp in Dhaka

MD SAIFUL AMIN | Dhaka, Bangladesh

A Common tent of Bihari Refugee camp in Dhaka , which is about 8-10 ft

Life in Bihari Camp 

A young girl writes a poem where she asks a simple question -- one which no one can answer. She asks, “Who am I?” Her forefathers were born in India, they immigrated to Pakistan, she was born in Bangladesh. India has given up on them a long time back, Bangladesh will not accept them as the children of the land and Pakistan will not take them back. She says that she has many names 'Bihari', 'Maura', 'Muhajir', 'Non-Bangalee', 'Marwari', 'Urdu-speaker', 'Refugee', and 'Stranded Pakistani'. But she only wants one: human. This is the state of being of the 5 lakh camp-based Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh. 

After the partition of India in 1947, faced with large-scale communal riots on both sides of the border, a few hundred thousand Muslims from Bihar, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh, Maddhya Pradesh and as far away as Hyderabad came to the then East Pakistan. 

The new generation who were born after the 71 war & identify themselves as Bangladeshis.

Hana Shams Ahmed

There are about 40 Bihari refugee camps in dhaka city , capital of Bangladesh , the country became independent in 1971 war against Pakistan. these camps is called "stranded pakistani camp" or "stranded refugee camp" , not only pakistani but many indians from bihar state & other cities lives here. I started my documentary work here in mid 2018 & since then i regularly visit the camps in Mohammadpur & Mirpur area , All the peoples are "sunni" muslim & thier main festival is 'Ashura' (Muharram) , It was not much easier to take photo's here , as it is a too much populated community where peoples are living in a so poor envoronment . SPGRC , the main club of bihari people grant me a verbal permission after about 3 months of trying to capture the daily life of camp peoples. thus the story begins & i hope to continue it for more few years & at the end i wish & hope to make a book publication & a solo exhibition . 

Hana Shams Ahmed

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