One of each five persons becomes climate refugee by 2050

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Dhaka, 26th Jan: Rights based Civil Society Organizations on Tuesday condemned the eviction of the Kallyanpur Slum in city’s Mirpur.

About 27 organizations also demanded the integration of the Internal Displacement policy in the upcoming 7th Five Year policy to ensure effective rehabilitation of the climate induced displaced people.

They raised the issue from a human chain that formed in front of the National Press Club.

The human chain and rally was moderated by Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD.

Among others ASM Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation, Pradip Kumar Roy of Online Knowledge Society, Advocate Shafikul Islam of Bangalesh Krishak Federation, Rafiqul Islam Pothik of Gono Forum, Engineer Foyez Ahmed of Jatiya Sromik Federation, Firuja Begum of Jago Nari, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD spoke at the rally.

Mustafa Kamal Akanda placed the major demands includes, assigning a national organization for collecting data on climate displaced and draft effective and sustainable plan for climate displaced, proposing vocational and skill development training for them, cities must be equipped enough to accommodate the climate displaced people, water and sanitation services must be ensured for them, an Internal Displacement Policy must be incorporated in the upcoming 7th five year plan.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, it is estimated that one of each five person of Bangladesh will be climate migrant by 2050.

“We have to be ready to address their problems. About 35% people of Dhaka are living in slums and among the slum dwellers about 90% people are climate induced displaced people. Most of them come form coastal areas of Bangladesh. Ninety per cent of the Kallyanpur slum are form Bhola island. Activities like such slum eviction will hamper Prime Minister’s international position in favour of Climate Migrants,” he observed.

Prodip Kumar Roy said, Bangladesh can’t be a Middle income country without the participation of the slum dwellers. “If we want international support for climate displaced as we have been demanding in different global climate conferences, we will have to establish good example within our country.”

Badrul Alam said, due to climate change about 30-40 million people will be displaced in Bangladesh, what will be there shelter? It is the state who must take their responsibilities.