Hope and Terror in the land of the Jumma
Asia in focus ⬿

Hope and Terror in the land of the Jumma

Support our journalism. Become a Patron!
March 12, 2010

An eerie calm has returned to the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, where, just two weeks ago , the military opened fire on the Indigenous Jumma People, killing 6 and injuring more than two dozen men, women and children.

Sadly, painfully, it is not the first time the peaceful Jumma were put through such wretched violence, as we are reminded by this powerful clip from the documentary film, “Terrified voices.”

Thousands of Jummas have been murdered, raped, arrested, crippled and arrested ever since Bangladesh emerged as a Nation state on December 16, 1971. Tens of thousands more have been displaced.

But even so, the Jumma have hope that one day peace will thrive on their land once again. Hope that they will be able to live without the constant fear of being raped or killed at any moment. Hope that they will be treated not as terrorists or diseased animals, but as human beings. Maybe even allies.

If only the government would respect the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

Please sign this petition urging Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to bring Peace to the CHT http://cht-global-voices.com

To learn more about the Jumma, please visit www.jummapeoplenet.blogspot.com. For direct support, contact www.pcjss-cht.org

We're fighting for our lives

Indigenous Peoples are putting their bodies on the line and it's our responsibility to make sure you know why. That takes time, expertise and resources - and we're up against a constant tide of misinformation and distorted coverage. By supporting IC you're empowering the kind of journalism we need, at the moment we need it most.

independent uncompromising indigenous
Except where otherwise noted, articles on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons License