|Pic: Annual General and Coordination Meeting of Setu Bandhan Gori Network.
Those who throw acid into the human body are animals. No sane person can throw acid on another person's body. No one but the victim can tell how much pain a person with acid burns goes through for the rest of their life. A person throws acid on another person only when there is an extreme lack of morals among people. We don't want another acid attack to happen anywhere in the country including Satkhira. Those who have been affected so far should be brought back to the mainstream of society with all kinds of financial, social, and human support. Government and private initiatives should be taken to make them financially independent in society. Every acid-stricken man, woman, and child is now standing around. They are trying to increase their capacity. However, these activities will be possible only then. If they can be more socially supported.
The speakers said these things at the Annual General Meeting of SBGN organized at the District Agricultural Extension Directorate (Khambarari) hall room on the initiative of Setubandhan Gari Network, Satkhira (SBGN) with the support of development organization Swadesh and donor organization ActionAid and MTB Foundation at 10 am on Thursday, December 15, 2022. Earlier in the morning, the members of Setubandhan Gari Network held a rally and rally from Amtala Junction of the city. Acid survivor men and women and children participated in the rally and rally.
Nazrul Islam, the chief guest at the meeting, Chairman of Zilla Parishad, Nazrul Islam, said, "If acid survivors apply to the Zilla Parishad for help, I will try to help them as much as possible." In particular, he assured the students of all-around cooperation.
Speakers in the meeting also said that at one time people with acid attacks could not mix with the mainstream people of society. They were not socially accepted. He also kept his own hidden. Today, that is no longer the case. Now they have turned around. They are setting an example in society by undertaking various business ventures. People are coming from all over the country to see their initiatives. Currently, children with SD are studying and getting higher education. Satkhira is implementing the program through Swadesh and ActionAid Bangladesh MTB Foundation. It is expected that the number of beneficiaries will increase through this program in the future.
Civil Society Coalition district president Sheikh Azhar Hossain presided over the annual general meeting of Setubandhan Gari Network, Satkhira (SBGN), which began with the welcome speech of Swadesh Executive Director Madhav Chandra Dutt. Chairman of Satkhira Zilla Parishad and General Secretary of District Awami League Nazrul Islam spoke as the chief guest, Abul Kalam Azad, Member Secretary of District Citizen Committee and former president of Satkhira Press Club, Upazila Agriculture Officer Monir Hossain, Manager of Fish Seed Farm Mahmudul Hasan spoke as special guest. The legal officer of the transition is Advocate Muniruddin. Among others, Shyamal Biswas of Sido organization and Lewis Rana Gain of Head organization, Sheikh Abdul Waheed, a member of the executive committee of Swadesh, spoke. ActionAid Bangladesh's Women Rights and Gender Equity Program Deputy Manager Mousumi Biswas joined online.
Program Officer Farooq Rahman presented the economic activities of acid survivors and the goals and objectives of the Aparajita project in the future. Among the acid survivors, students Sonali Khatun, Bilkis Nahar, Anjuman Ara Begum, SBGN president Shahanara Khatun, and general secretary Safur Khatun, and small businessman Jochhana Khatun spoke.
Recommendations from the General Meeting:
1. Establishment of cooperative agricultural farms owned by all acid survivors;
2. Providing government medical cards to all acid survivors for free access to medical care at all levels;
3. Covering all social safety net schemes of the government;4. issuance of disability cards to all survivors;5. Providing free education to student survivors.