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Monday, July 26, 2010

Study on the threatened Khumi people

Courtesy: Prothom Alo, Dhaka, Bishal Bangla, page 5, July 24, 2010
http://www.eprothomalo.com/index.php?opt=view&page=5&date=2010-07-24

Actual headline of the news:
Research findings at Bandarban
12% indigenous Khumis have land ownership

A study conducted by Prof Sadeka Halim, teacher of the University of Dhaka reveals, only 12% Khumi indigenous people have their traditional land ownership (not registered according to Government settlement system) against registered land ownership of 42% CHT Bangali residents and 30% CHT indigenous peoples.

The study paper, "State of Socio-Economic condition of the Khumi indigenous people" was tabled at a function at Bandarban Hill District Council auditorium Tuesday last. Devasish Roy, the Chakma Circle Chief was the Chief Guest of the inaugural session while discussants were Chaw Hla Prue Jimi (representative of Bohmang Circle Chief), Siong Khumi, Lelung Khumi, Noylo Khumi, Dendoha Jolai Tripura, David Peterson (researcher on Khumi language) and others.

The study paper states, there are no any properties of the Khumi people accept properties managed through the traditional system. Prof Sadeka says , the Khumis are the most marginalized among the marginalized indigenous peoples of the country, who live in 37 tiny villages with a population of 2,072 hardcore poor souls depending completely on Jum cultivation. Their average monthly family income is Tk 1,801.

The Chief Guest, Devasish Roy says, we have to create such environment so that the Khumis can dream and can translate those into reality.

(Pl visit two posts to know about the Khumis and their first and only graduate Mr. Lelung Khumi- http://chtvoice.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html and http://chtvoice.blogspot.com/2010/06/first-graduate-of-khumi-community.html)



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