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A little history…

I’ve been learning a lot about the history of Bangladesh…

1. They had to fight for their language in 1952. In 1948, the Pakistani government ordained Urdu to be the national language. East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) was made up of mostly Bengali people. On February 21, 1952, students and political activists protested. After years of conflict, the government granted the official language of bangla in 1956. Feb. 21 is a national holiday.

2. March 26, 1971 was the start of the war between the state of Pakistan and East Pakistan. Political power was concentrated in West Pakistan while East Pakistan was being exploited economically. India intervened on Dec. 3 1971, and defeated the forces of West Pakistan. On Dec. 16, 1971 East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh.

3. Bangladesh is 85% Muslim, 10% Hindu, 4% Christian, and 1% Buddhist. Give or take.

There are political strikes every few weeks, called Hatal, some lasting a few days. During this, schools close and many businesses. It’s not safe to be out and really effects the economy. It’s not as dangerous in Khulna, but in Dhaka people are killed in many of these strikes.

While I’m trying to learn bangla and butchering it with my accent, everyone is so gracious and encouraging. They are very proud of their language. I told everyone that works in the hotel I live in to speak to me in bangla instead of trying to in english, to help me, and they’re excited. Most of them can’t speak english so there wasn’t much talking anyways.

3 Responses to “A little history…”

  1. kelsea says:

    Miss you maggie!! So excited when I see your blog posts come in and am so inspired by you! Lots of prayer and warm thoughts to you and the girls!

    Love YOU!,

  2. Lori says:

    Hi to you Maggie! I’m one of your clients from Lunch. Remember? Anyway … I just want to say that what you are doing is such an inspiration to me. I will pray for your health and safety and that of the girls as well. I’m at the tail end of a book by a female Christian author. The book is Redeeming Love and it’s about a young girl who was sold to a brothel at a very young age here in the United State and who over time is rescued by a man of God who marries her, but ultimately is rescued by a personal relationship with God. It takes you through the struggle of her journey. I can’t put it down. Anyway … just wanted to say hello to you, Maggie. I know the girls are so blessed to have you there. Hang in there with the language!!! Stay brave and strong. Your friend, Lori

    • maggiesbigbangladesh says:

      Hi Lori! Of course I remember you! Thank you so much for your post and prayers! I really appreciate it! Your message encouraged me. I’ve heard of that book but have yet to read it and would like to. I’m reading Half the Sky right now. You would probably be interested in it if you haven’t heard of it already. I know you’re a teacher and would love to hear of any ideas or things you know of that I can do with the girls. Mostly kindergarten levels. I would appreciate any ideas. If you’ve gotten a haircut, I hope you love it. 🙂 Hope you’re well!

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