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UNICEF photo exhibition on CHT begins at Drik on Sunday

Dhaka March 03, 2007: A week-long photography exhibition titled “The Hill Children of Bangladesh” by Mahmud of MAP Photo Agency will kick off at the Drik Gallery at the city’s Dhanmondi area Sunday.
The exhibition organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the MAP Photo Agency, will be formally inaugurated by the UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault in presence of a good number of diplomats, heads of UN missions, development partners and other guests.
An exhibition with a difference, it will not only portray topographical beauty, rich ethic and cultural diversity of the people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), but will shed special light on the lives of the CHT children and women.
The CHT is a unique part of Bangladesh both in terms of landscape, its people and their lifestyles, which is home to at least 11 different indigenous groups of whom 90 per cent live in rural areas without adequate access to basic utilities and services.
Nearly 100 colour images representing most of the indigenous groups and communities of CHT captured and collected over a period of 5 years between 2001 and 2005 near the main hill towns and in the remote villages will be showcased in the exhibition.
UNICEF has been supporting the Government of Bangladesh through its national level activities since 1972. These activities have also included support to the CHT districts.
It supports various health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation activities both at the district and sub-district or upazila levels. Since 1980, UNICEF has partnered with the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs to support specific interventions.

Meanwhile, in 1997, services were decentralized to the grassroots level at the paras or villages as a part of the Integrated Community Development Project. Support was provided for building paras or villages, which serve as a delivery point of basic services at the community level. Till date, 2,220 para centers exist in over 1800 paras of which 70 per cent are of indigenous communities.

For more information, please contact:

Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury
Associate Communication Officer
BSL Office Complex, 1 Minto Road, Dhaka
+8802 9336701-10 ext 392



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