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A walk through the Liberation War Museum


Liberation War Fact Box
Bangladeshi Death toll: 3,000,000
Women raped: 200,000 to 400,000 (young as 8, old as 75)
23,000 abortions were performed in Dhaka
300-400 children were born at 22 abortion/delivery clinics in Dhaka
8, 000 Pakistani soldiers died in combat
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1971 War Calendar



According to the order of General AAK Niazi, Pakistan troops start surrendering weapons at 5:00am. Around 8:00am, General Niazi requests Indian army chief to extend surrendering period for another six hours.

An hour later, two officers of India and Bangladesh, in a vehicle, hoisting a white flag, go to Niazi’s HQ with a letter from divisional commander of the allied force, General Nagra. The message reads: “Dear Abdullah, I’m here. You will now surrender to me. This is an order.”



Freedom in the air is a non-profit project aimed at building a rich repository for all sorts of contents on Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971. Besides producing exclusive video interviews of war heroes and experts and a turn-by-turn daily interactive calendar of 1971, The Daily Star Online gathered very rare declassified diplomatic cables, the sensational Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report that proved genocide by Pakistan army, significant collection of rarely seen photographs and international newspaper reports. There is an exceptional collection of TV reports, video footages and documentaries which The Daily Star does not own but using with courtesy of the original owners and those who uploaded.