This is a story of three countries, six decades and statelessness. A story about the Urdu-speaking community of Bangladesh.
The terms "Urdu-speakers" or "Biharis" are used to refer to Muslim people who originally em...展开igrated from India to the newly created East Pakistan in 1947 and afterwards.
Many of them, but by no means all, originated from the state of Bihar and were fleeing large scale communal massacres.
Three decades later, during the struggle for independence in Bangladesh in 1971, this community became embroiled in conflict. Isolated as collaborators against Bangladesh independence, this moment was a defining one for the Urdu-speakers and has had a devastating legacy.
The story is about 160,000 people from this community who live isolated in 116 "camps" or "settlements" in Bangladesh.