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Thank you on behalf of Britbanglacovid for taking part in our fourth Public Meeting where we passionately spoke about minority communities, poverty and Covid-19 vaccines. We felt priveledged to listen to the feelings and responses of local campaigners, grassroots activists and East London Mayors and academics. No doubt we still have a lot to do to protect our communities in times the pandemic. BritBanglaCovid will play its part to support minority communities in times of difficulties.

If you want to know more about BritBanglaCovid, please check here: www.britbanglacovid.com

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We forget the impact of lockdown has been on those who are young. A 12 years old student, Lulu Hammad, explains how life has changed for her once lockdown was implemented in Britain. She was stuck at home, bored and felt empty. She was only allowed to go to her local park in Bethnal Green. She did manage to draw something everyday to keep herself occupied along with doing her home work.
Her family has been crucial in keeping her sane in such a difficult time.
She feels that going back to school is not going to be the same - she has to comply with social distancing rules and wear a face mask.

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As part of the public awareness campaign on Covid-19, BritBanglaCovid has hosted a public meeting on 23 Aug 2020. The subject matter: Health & Social Care Crisis. Members of the panels were medical professionals, researchers and social care workers and carers. The purpose of the meeting was to share ideas from professionals, members of the public in ways to minimise deaths and to prevent spread of the virus in the Bangladeshi community in Britain today.
Guest speakers: Farhana Rahman (GP) Julie Begum ( Adult Care Researcher and Social Care Workers) Shebul Khan (Carer and Disability Rights Campaigner) Shah Alam (Mental Health Researcher). The event was hosted by the founder of BritBanglaCovid - Ripon Ray

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'English and Irish folks use to disturb us. They would bring their dogs to frighten us if the kids made noise (in the flat). They would bring their dogs!'.  

This was Safia's story when she and her family moved to Brick Lane, East End of London. Safia shares her early life experience in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) and how her life changed when she became a young bride. Once she joined her husband in the UK in 1984, she lived in Birmingham and later she moved to the East End where she currently lives. Her family was harassed in Brick Lane by English and Irish neighbours. 

Her aunt and cousins passed away and her son was severely ill due to Covid. She thinks there maybe resemblance between the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community in Britain.

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Ritha Chowdhury shares her experience of Covid on BritBanglacovid. Her Uber driver husband lost his job, 300 colleagues on furlough scheme and many redundancies. She knows two people died of Covid. She is now the main breadwinner of her home.

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Nurun Nessa explains her experience as a migrant housewife, mother and Covid-19. She was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. She married when she was 16. Her husband came to the UK as a manual laborer. She then joined him in 1986 with her 5 children. Since coming to the UK the household lived in many different parts of London until they were housed by Tower Hamlets Council. She has been living in Wapping since 1997. A number of her neighbours have died of Covid.

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PODCASTS

IMA MIAH TELLS BRITBANGLACOVID ABOUT HER UPBRINGING IN CROYDON, BEING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BANGLADESHIS, BECOMING CEO OF THE ASIAN RESOURCE CENTRE AND LIFE DURING COVID-19.

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SHIRINA ALI REVEALS HER EARLY LIFE IN THE EAST END, BEING A YOUNG BRIDE AND NOT KNOWING ABOUT HER CAREER OR MONEY MANAGEMENT.  DURING THE LOCKDOWN SHIRINA BECAME THE MAIN BRAIN WINNER.


MAHMUD ULLAH SHARES HIS CHILDHOOD MEMORY OF THE LIBERATION MOVEMENT, VICTIM OF RACIST ATTACKS IN UK AND MOTHER DEAD UNDER COVID

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KAMAL HUSSAIN SHARES ABOUT HIS AMBITIOUS CAREER,  BEING 'IMPRISONED' IN TIMES OF COVID ON BRITBANGLACOVID 
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RUBINA  BEGUM SPEAKS ABOUT BEING A CHILD BRIDE, SINGLE MOTHER AND HEALTH WORKER ON BRITBANGLACOVID

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ABDUL SHOHID YOUTH JUSTICE OFFICER SHARES IS EARLY LIFE IN TOWER HAMLET AND IN TIMES OF COVID -19 AT HOME TO BRITBANGLACOVID
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ABDULLA MAMUN SHARES HIS STORY TO BRITBANGLACOVID OF HIS EARLY LIFE IN TOWER HAMLETS, COMMUNITY WORK AND COVID

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RUJINA BEGUM SPEAKS TO BRITBANGLACOVID.COM OF HER EARLY LIFE, BEING A MOTHER, AND COVID-19 NURSE.
 

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