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Bangladesh Hills Rumble with Discontent

The government’s recent move to acquire lands and halt food supplies to impoverished indigenous hill communities in south-eastern Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), has triggered a slew of protests in the region which remains a potential tinderbox. From July this year, the government ceased the provision of rice rations to 65,000 indigenous refugees, while continuing supplies to 26,000 Bengali settlers in villages near the Indian border. The government provided rations for the indigenous people who returned from the northeast Indian state of Tripura after the signing of a peace treaty in 1997. Thousands of indigenous people had earlier crossed into Tripura at the height of violent conflicts in various districts of the CHT. Upto June this year, the rations — five kilograms of rice for an adult, and two and a half kilograms for a child a week were distributed to around 65,000 people of 12,222 families. Full Story

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