Debts haunt jailed Bangladeshi migrants

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jan 7 2013, 02:00:01

Remittances to Bangladesh dwarf foreign aid, but as Biltu Mia and 19 others who ended up in a Tanzanian prison discovered, working abroad is beset with problems

The guard had a shiny bald head and bloodshot eyes. Every time he walked by, he spat and muttered in Swahili, "Beggars! Stinking beggars!"

Biltu Mia, 31, from the Manikganj district of central Bangladesh, cannot get the memory out of his head. He spent nearly a year in Tanzania's notorious Ukonga prison, on the outskirts of Dar-es-Salaam, after being picked up by immigration police in October 2011.

Mia says he slept in a space 3ft across and had to trade prison food for a tunic after his only shirt started to rot. The toilets overflowed and the guards carried out rectal searches when hunting for cigarettes and contraband.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Lesotho:   Top Basotho Security Chiefs Step Down (news)
allAfrica.com
23 October 2014

Three top Basotho military and police commanders implicated in recent political turmoil in the country will step aside to help create a climate in which new elections can be held. [read more]

South Africa:   Budget Fails to Balance Fiscal, Social Responsibility (analysis)
The South African Civil Society Information Service
23 October 2014

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's Inaugural Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement Has Failed the Innovation Test [read more]

South Africa:   Court Orders Suspension of Broadcaster's COO (news)
South African Press Association
24 October 2014

The Western Cape High Court ordered on Friday that SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng be suspended with immediate effect, the DA said. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!