The Jumma families displaced by the 2nd June 2017 communal violence at Longodu in Rangamati district, Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh will not celebrate Bizu, the greatest festival of the Chakmas this year.
Yes, 213 Jumma families of Longodu took this painful decision because the administration has failed to rehabilitate them after their houses were burnt down by the Bengali settlers, allegedly backed by the Bangladesh army and police.
Chakmas’ Bizu festival starts from 13-15 April across the globe wherever Chakmas reside.
On 2nd June 2017, over 300 houses and shops belonging to the Chakmas and other Jummas were burnt to ashes in a planned attack by the Muslim settlers and the security forces following the death of one Bengali settler named Nurul Islam Nayan. Hundreds of tribals, mainly Chakmas fled to save their lives but one aged Chakma woman who could not flee was killed in the arson.
10 months after arson attack, the Jumma families still remain homeless and hapless.