My fallen comrades
Almost 7-8 million Bangladeshi people are working outside of Bangladesh around the world. We call them migrant workers. Because we don't have many job opportunities inside the country, we are bound to find work elsewhere. In fact, we send home an equivalent of nearly $10-12 billion US dollars every year. This money is basically running the country's economy. Most of the overseas workers are not skilled, a lot of them go to the Middle East or the Far East. They invest their money to pay for work permit, tickets and agent fees. Many of them sell their land and all properties and borrow money from their friends and relatives. That's why they take many risky jobs such as construction etc. Many countries in the Middle East don't have any or very poor labour laws or health and safety guidelines. Accidental deaths happen everyday because the workers don't have any protection. After the accident, there is no post-mortem, no compensation. The common excuse used is that they suffered a heart attack. The return of the dead body to home causes their loved ones to face many hassles. Our leaders and politicians have no time to think about these people. I urge the government of Bangladesh to show a little respect and gratitude to their families. The government should financially help those helpless families. Remember these people have sacrificed their lives for their families and the country. They are true fighters.
I salute my brothers and sisters who lost their lives on the battlefield overseas. They are my fallen comrades!