The invisible reality of ‘chintar rog’ (a life of chronic worry)

The illness of poverty in Dhaka’s urban slum settlements

Authored by: Sabina Faiz Rashid

Routledge Handbook on the Politics of Global Health

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138238596
eBook ISBN: 9781315297255
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Between 1989 and 1998, 20 slum settlement evictions and demolitions were carried out in various locations, displacing over 100,000 human lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Often, unexplained and ‘accidental’ fires led also to the destruction of slums and displacement of its residents. These are widely perceived to be ploys to evict the residents, in which a network of actors such as political leaders, police, and sometimes some of the residents (who are perhaps manipulated) themselves share complicity (Farid, 2017), and the eviction of informal settlements continues till now.

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