Bangladesh’s indigenous people persecuted  

The Santal tribe are fighting the authorities in a land dispute

A group of Santal women wait for relief aid after being evicted from disputed land in Gaibandha district of northern Bangladesh on Nov. 6. (ucanews.com photo)
A group of Santal women wait for relief aid after being evicted from disputed land in Gaibandha district of northern Bangladesh on Nov. 6. (ucanews.com photo)

On a sunny November morning, Sonamoni Murmu and her 12-year-old son, Sajal collect grass to feed their only cow, from a small paddy field in northern Gaibandha district, Bangladesh.

Murmu, 40, a mother of three sons, knows how to get food for their cow but can’t say the same for her family

“We have gruel in the morning given by a voluntary aid group and we have some leftover rice from last night soaked in water. Maybe we will eat that for lunch, we don’t know what we will have for supper,” Murmu said….

They are among about 2,500 indigenous Santal people, mostly Catholic Christian, who were forcibly evicted off disputed land by workers from Rangpur Sugar Mill with approval from a local lawmaker, administration and police. Read more at ucanews.com

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