A brief encounter with a little boy in the Dhaka kitchen market

A brief encounter with a little boy in the Dhaka kitchen market

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I asked him, with whom do you sit here? He replied, “I sit alone and when my grandmother comes I go home.” When I asked her about her parents she replied candidly, “I have no parents. They have gone too far.”

As the father of an eight-month-old boy, I felt the sadness in her heart. I wish I could do something for him. So, I asked, “Are you sad?” He said, “No…yes. Give me 100 taka.” Then I became a little curious. What will you do with 100 taka? Rabiul did not hesitate, “I will spend it on my food during the day and will have dinner a little later.”

Then he said that he has come here early in the morning with his grandmother and has not had breakfast yet. He lives at Tejgaon railway station. His grandmother mostly begs in the Farmgate, Caravan Bazaar and Bashundhara Shopping Mall areas. “When grandma begs at the farmgate, I stay at the farmgate market,” Rabiul said.

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