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‘I’ll never know where I’m from’: plight of the adopted children of Bangladesh’s Birangona women

Thousands of children born to victims of rape during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971 were adopted by foreign families. Now, many want to discover their rootsThe Bangladeshi children who say they were wrongly taken for adoptionJane Radika was s…

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‘My mother spent her life trying to find me’: the children who say they were wrongly taken for adoption

For years, Bibi Hasenaar felt rejected because she was adopted aged four. Then she saw a photo that described her as missing – and began to uncover an astonishing dark historyƒBibi Hasenaar has had two lives. One began in November 1976, when she was ab…

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‘We have a right to live in dignity’: Biharis in Bangladesh fight for equality – and jobs

The Urdu-speaking ethnic group was stateless for many years after the partition of India – and even now remain marginalised, living in cramped settlement camps and struggling to find formal workOn his first day at high school, Khalid Hussain was accuse…

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‘Peace of mind at last’: the Bangladeshi villagers digging their way out of the floods

‘Plinth’ settlements built on raised ground above the country’s flooding rivers are providing permanent homes and emergency refugesHamida Khatun is sick of moving. The 60-year has been displaced about 20 times during her life, always as a result of cli…

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