Dhaka: Billal Hossain was 8 months old when his mother Nurjahan Begum agreed to send him to day care at a charity-run orphanage near their home in a poor neighborhood of Dhaka. A few days later, he was gone forever.
Thousands of Bangladeshi babies were adopted abroad in the 1970s. Most of them were children born to survivors of a campaign of genocidal rape committed by the Pakistani military and associated paramilitary forces during Bangladeshâs liberation war in 1971.
Source: 50 years on, Bangladesh searches for children illegally adopted abroad
Bangladesh is for the first time sending its doctors and nurses to work in Saudi Arabia, following the Kingdomâs recent decision to approve their recruitment and qualifications.
According to Bangladesh Medical Association data, there are only a few dozen clinicians among nearly 3 million Bangladeshi expatriate workers residing in the Kingdom.
It was only in 2022 that an agreement on the recruitment of medics was signed by both countries and the first Bangladeshi health workers departed for the Kingdom in November 2023.
Source: In a first, Bangladesh sends medics to work in Saudi Arabia