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Vidya @VidyaKrishnan
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It is Christmas eve & I want to tell you a story that exemplifies the spirit of giving. (Short thread) #HappyHolidays
In August 2017, it took a few days for the Bangladesh govt to decide to open their borders to the Rohingya refugees. It took a few more days to get UNHCR & WFP get the permission to start their work at the border.
In those first few days, ppl who lived in Cox’s Bazar, cooked all night, loaded it in trucks & drove 60 kms south to feed the refugees. This isnt a rich town, people dont have excess to share. Kids gave clothes, people have blankets, tents, food..
Everything they could share, they shared.

A year in, the host community frustrated. Their forests- upto 4000 acres- were cut down to settle the refugees. Foreigners have taken over the quite little coastal town & the conflict economy has resulted in soaring prices
and yet, local Bangladeshi’s are unfailingly generous everyday. They don't say hateful stuff about refugees. They also dont brag about their act of charity.
This from the local restaurant in Cox's Bazaar. ❤

B'desh is cool. We should be like Bangladesh in 2019 and not shit talk refugees.

#HappyHolidays #MerryChristmas
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