Dr Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize winner this year was accorded a hearty and warm reception by Bangladeshi community who live in Virginia, Maryland and Washington.
In presence of more than a thousand guests, amidst repeated applauses Dr. Yunus said that the very fact that this year’s Nobel prize winners are from Bangladesh, has brought a sense of unity amongst the people of Bangladesh at home and abroad.
In his speech Yunus narrated the story of the unfolding of Grameen Bank over the last nearly three decades and described its important features. He reminded the people of Bangladesh, that this achievement should be retained for further development. Dr. Yunus said that nine women from the villages of Bangladesh will represent the entire womenfolk who own Grameen Bank to get the Nobel Peace Award on behalf of the Bank.
Amongst other speakers, Congressman Jim Moran paid rich tributes to Dr. Yunus and said that Yunus was like a human bridge, reducing the gulf of gap between the very rich and the very poor. Iqbal Bahar Choudhury, VOA Bangla Service Chief recalled his memories of school days with Dr Yunus. Other attendees included Professor Nurul Islam, a university teacher of the Nobel Laureate and Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to US.