Chila’s Diary

Shundarban is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal which is one of the natural wonders of the world. Located in the delta region of Padma, Meghna, Brahmaputra. and river basins, this unique forest area extends across South 24 Pargans, and North 24 Pragnas, districts of West Bengal State, India and Khulna, Shtkhira, Bagerhat, districts of Bangladesh. The Sundarbans is the largest forest in the world, as the largest mangrove forest in the coastal environment. There is a small village besides Shundarban forest named Chila, situated in Bagerhat district, Bangladesh.
My story is about Chila village and the people who lives in this village. Chila is a very small rural village with around 2000 people, and all the people are fishermen and they used to fishing in all the river and canals in the Shundarban. Here everyone is dependent on the forest and all of their foods and drinking water and woods comes from Shundarban. As the soil of this place is so much salty, crops does not grow, cultivation is not possible, water is not drinkable, and people of this place does not know about any other work for feeding except fishing. Fish are also becoming less day by day. They are not educated enough to get job in the city, they are deprived from all kinds of socialization benefits. Also natural climate disaster happened here in every year and there is no cyclone center available here. Often pirates attacked them due to fishing and killed them. In this village men and women works equally to survive, fighting against natural and manmade disaster in every moment. Now Bangladesh government has decided to make a power station named Rampal power station which is very close to Shundarban as well as the village and it has a great chance of bad impact on the forest and this going to affects the people of Chila and also others villages whose are directly dependent on this forest.

Farhana Satu

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