State­less for How Long?

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

The treat­ment of the Urdu speak­ing com­mu­nity at the hands of Bangladesh and Pak­istan is dis­grace­ful. It is a shame that this com­mu­nity has still not been re­ha­bil­i­tated and has es­sen­tially lived in camps, for gen­er­a­tions.

Both coun­tries need to un­der­stand that chil­dren from refugee camps, are an as­set wait­ing to be ed­u­cated and can po­ten­tially con­trib­ute to the Pak­istan and Bangladesh economies - both of which re­main dis­mal at this stage.

These chil­dren will grow up with a se­vere iden­tity cri­sis and will only be a drain on the eco­nom­i­cally ac­tive pop­u­la­tion of both coun­tries. The poverty gap will widen and crime will sky­rocket in coun­tries that are both weak to con­trol so­cial prob­lems. A frame­work should specif­i­cally ex­plore the re­set­tle­ment of these refugees and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Urdu speak­ing com­mu­nity. This should not be seen as a com­pro­mise, but rather an in­vest­ment into the fu­ture. Mu­nawar Hus­sain Dhaka, Bangladesh

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