Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bangladesh's Refugees Dream of Pakistan

They call themselves the forgotten refugees, dreaming of a land many have never seen - Pakistan.
Crowded into impoverished shanty camps across Bangladesh, they are remnants of the mass migration that accompanied the break-up of the Indian subcontinent along religious lines at independence from Britain in 1947, Associated Press Writer Julhas Alam writes.
Bangladesh is often the forgotten third country of partition. The departing British lumped what is now Bangladesh together with Pakistan because of their shared Islamic religion. But the two regions are more than 1,600 miles apart on either side of India and have a different languages, cultures and histories.

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