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12:00 AM, December 13, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 13, 2007

Victory Day celebration at Liberation War Museum

Reading from witness accounts of the war

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Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmed addresses the audience and Anuching Marma speaks on his write up, Asaduzzaman Noor (R) looks on

The second day's programmes of the weeklong Victory Day celebration by Liberation War Museum (LWM) on December 11 were designed to generate interest among the young generation.
Witness accounts of the Liberation War, collected by school students, as part of the LWM initiative to document oral history of the war were presented. One or two teachers from every school are also involved with the project, thus linking three generations. So far 7,490 such accounts have made their place into the archive of the museum. Five selected accounts from this collection were presented at the programme. Noted recitors Asaduzzaman Noor, Laila Afroz, Mahidul Islam, Ananya Laboni, and Kazi Arif read out the accounts.
“These collected accounts can be a great source for constructing the history of the Liberation War from the peoples' perspective,” LWM trustee Ziauddin Tariq Ali said in his welcome speech.
Deeponkar Chandra Sarkar, a student of class 10, Comilla Ishwar Pathshala, documented his 80-year-old grandfather Yogesh Chandra Sarkar's narrative of the plight of a Hindu family during the war and how they survived the difficult times.
Mili Das, a student at Boalmari Govt. Girls' High School presented her 85-year-old grandmother Laxmi Rani Biswas' account of the killings of her relatives and neighbours during the war.
Kausar Hassan of Adamji Cantonment School collected the story of Amena Akhter Kakon whose grandfather was captured with the help of the collaborators of the Pakistani army. His mutilated body was later found.
Reema Khondoker documented 70-year-old Zahura Khatun's account of a village girl taking part in the war, helping the freedom fighters. Her account also reports the bravery of a man who is considered 'disabled' but did a remarkable job in freeing the village.
Anuching Marma of Dharmarajik High School of Kamalapur collected Mong Pru Marma's narrative of fighting the Pakistani army in Rangamati.
Faculty of Architecture Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmed made a conceptual presentation on the construction of museums and memorials on historic sites.
Performances by BRAC University students wrapped up the day's programmes.

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