UN recognize four Bangladeshi youths as ‘Real Life Hero’

UN recognize four Bangladeshi youths as ‘Real Life Hero’

DU Correspondentdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 18:43 20 August 2020   Updated: 00:16 21 August 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

On the occasion of ‘World Humanitarian Day’, four youths have been recognized as ‘Real Life Hero’ by the United Nations. They are former DACSU member Tanbir Hasan Shaikat, Rizvi Hassan, an engineer of BRAC, translator Sifat Noor, and entrepreneur Akhi.

They were recognized on Wednesday on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day. In order to inspire humanitarian work, the United Nations released information on these real-life heroes, highlighting their humanitarian work in crisis. 

Recognizing the work of the Shaikat, highlighted on the UN website it is said: Television and the movies stories offered us many heroes who vowed their lives to serve the people but Tanbir Hasan is surely acting like one real-life humanitarian hero. 

The website also mentions that during the Coronavirus pandemic, when university students left campus and went to their respective homes, the Shaikat provided daily necessities to day laborers and helpless people on campus. For 116 consecutive days since the start of the lockdown situation, the Shaikat has been responsible for providing food to 500-1000 people from Dhaka University and surrounding areas. It was during this activity that when the floods occurred, the activities ended and he rushed to Sunamganj to stand by the flood-affected people. He continued these activities by receiving financial support from teachers, students, friends and well-wishers of the university. 

Akhi, another Bangladeshi young woman recognized as a real-life hero. When the pandemic entered the country there was seen the crisis of face mask. So Akhi started mask production and supplied it to poor people at a low cost. World Vision, a non-governmental development organization, once helped rehabilitate Akhi like other children engaged in child labor. Although it was not possible to send her back to school later, World Vision trained her as a tailor. From there she gradually launched her own garment factory. Akhi now runs her own business with the help of her mother and older sister. 

Rizvi, another recognized youth by United Nations, grew up in Dhaka. After completing his studies in architecture from BUET, he started working at BRAC. From there, he got the job of building a cyclone center for the Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar. There he continues to build low-cost safe havens to provide services to women victims of gender-based violence. In these places, women of Rohingya camps are given training in various skills including counseling. Through these exceptional installations, BRAC and UNICEF are able to provide safe services and training to many women. 

Sifat Noor has been recognized by the United Nations as a real-life hero for his translation activities. Translators are needed for communication in times of crisis. The United Nations says Sifat is a hero of humanity. Because he translated many important and life-saving information into Bengali. People need information and communication just like food, water, and shelter in any crisis. This information and communication have to be in their own language. He has translated more than 115,000 words into Bengali since he started working for Translator Without Borders in March 2020. Recently, many people have been able to keep themselves and their family members safe by translating various information about COVID-19. 

In this regard, Tanvir Hasan Saikat said, “I have worked for people with love. The United Nations has recognized this work. It is a matter of great pride to be recognized as a real-life hero by an organization like the United Nations. This recognition of the United Nations to work for the people will give me more encouragement in the future. It will increase the speed of work several times I always want to work for the people of the country in the future as before.”