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Shaju Sultana Adnan Speaks to VOA Bangla Service


Shaju graduated in Economics from Chittagong University. She is currently the Welfare Coordinator of the Singapore Bangladesh Society (SBS). During the last year, she has been concerned about the plight of migrant workers from Bangladesh in Singapore.

In this exclusive interview with VOA Shaju says that spoke to many workers and visited some of their dormitories to find out the actual conditions in which they were living. She made video recordings of these which interested the local TV Channel, News Asia.

This channel then made a documentary on the plight of migrants that included their own interviews with Bangladeshi workers sitting idle without employment or money. This was broadcast on 6 December 2008 in the programme Get Real with the title 'A place called home'.

Following this, various Singaporean NGOs and activists contacted Shaju with offers of help, including provision of food to the workers. Members of the Singapore Bangladesh Society also contributed funds which were distributed to workers by Shaju in the form of cooked meals and dry food items. Shaju has been in touch with the Bangladesh Bank and other agencies in the country about policies that might improve the lot of migrant workers.

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