It's nearly seven years now since Bangladesh - formerly East Pakistan - gained it's independence after bloody fighting with West Pakistan and the intervention of India.
It's nearly seven years now since Bangladesh - formerly East Pakistan - gained it's independence after bloody fighting with West Pakistan and the intervention of India. Despite small improvements in central areas, the majority live lives of extreme poverty. For some conditions are even worse.
SYNOPSIS: At least a million people in Bangladesh live in ghettos. They have no specific source of income or place to stay. They cluster around railway lines, highways and important market places.
Bangladesh is plagued with a population problem particularly in the ghettoes. For social, religious and economic reasons Bangladeshi's are loath to adopt family planning programs that the Government has made a number one priority. The birth rates in the ghettoes are said to be higher than elsewhere with the result that the children, with less to go around, are even less well fed and nourished. Sanitation is elemental. All must do what they can to make money. Many women make coconut fibre items for sale to wholesalers.
It's said a ghetto family of four live on less than ten pounds Sterling a month. The government is trying to stamp out the ghettoes because of the filty conditions that exist in them, and in conjunction with United Nations organisations and other international agencies, are making a vigourous effort to establish the ghetto dwellers in society. It's hoped a six million poind Sterling plan will result in housing for them and handicraft factories to give them employment.