“If I Lose My Land, I Am No One. I Have Nothing”: Indigenous Mro Face Eviction in Bangladesh

The Free

from Human Wrongs Watch By IWGIA – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs*

The Mro People of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh are under threat of being evicted from their ancestral lands with nowhere to go and everything to lose.

Mro Article Man Flute

Photo: Mro man playing the plung flute.

Returning home to Chimbuk Hill amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to help the village’s needy, Abani*, a youth from the Indigenous Mro community received an alarming text message from his friend.

-Do you recognise these flags?

-No, what is that?

-They are going to take our land.

Mro Article Red Flags

Foreign red flags and pillars were scattered around the lush hills of Chimbuk, and friends soon explained what was happening: A 5-star resort and amusement park was set to be built on their ancestral land. The land from which they eat, sleep, work, pray, where their family rests, and have done so for generations.

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