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:

Tanzania:   Will Coming By-Elections Reset Political Landscape ? (column)
The Citizen
18 January 2017

I have, for quite a while now, been scrutinising the by-elections scheduled for Sunday, January 22. My trips to most of the 20 wards in which polls will be held on Sunday revealed serious issues that ... [read more]

Tanzania:   Political Parties Registrar Defends Issuance of Millions to Opposition (news)
Tanzania Daily News
18 January 2017

Registrar of Political Parties Francis Mutungi has finally come out to defend his office on the issuance of 369m/- in subsidy to the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) party, stressing that his ... [read more]

Tanzania:   Local Govt Leaders to Keep Seals - Until Further Notice (news)
Tanzania Daily News
18 January 2017

The central government has made a turnaround and revoked an earlier directive to street and village chairpersons in local government authorities countrywide to surrender seals they have been using in ... [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!