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Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a true hero,who died protecting his friends in the terrorist attack at Dhaka cafe

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, the Chairman of Transcom was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack

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  • Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind
  • He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place
  • The 20-year-old had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays

It is often said that only a true hero emerges in the face of hard times. One such hero was Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, a 20-year-old, who lost his life in the Holey Artisan Bakery terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1.

While the world still wonders in horror, what levels the humanity has stooped to, Hossain stands out as an inspiration that would continue to reaffirm our faith in mankind, when hit with difficult times.

Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express
Faraaz with his friend Tarish Jain. Image Source: The New Indian Express

According to a report in Indian Express, it is believed that Hossain may have sacrificed his life as he did not want to leave his two friends behind. This detail was revealed during the questioning of the hostages, who were rescued.

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The report quoting sources said, “Faraaz was given the option of leaving on Friday night, July 1. Since Tarishi and Abinta (his friends) were wearing western clothes, the terrorists asked Faraaz where they were from. He reportedly told them that they were from India and the US — but while Abinta was studying in the US, she was a Bangladeshi citizen.”

He, along with two of his friends went out for dinner at Holey Artisan, when several terrorists attacked the place and took the life of the youth.

Hossain was the grandson of Latifur Rahman, Chairman of Transcom and was among the 20 hostages killed in the terrorist attack.

Son of Simeen Hossain, Managing Director, Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, and Muhammad Waquer Bin Hossain, Faraaz was completing his undergraduate studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

He had only come to Dhaka on May 18 with an intent of spending the summer holidays.

Hossain had just completed his internship with Kolkata in Pepsico, only a few days before the horror that broke out on Friday, reported Indian Express.

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His elder brother Zaraif described him as “extremely sensitive towards other” person and always “careful” about how his actions would affect those around him.

Mahfuz Anam, the editor of The Daily Star, told The Indian Express, “This incident has struck us closer home because one of our family members have lost their child. My daughter, Tahmima, who is a writer, goes there (Holey Artisan bakery) very often… it is one of the quietest places in town. It is really sad that something like this has happened.”

20 hostages were hacked to death by suspected ISIS militants inside a bakery. Branded as the worst terror attack in Bangladesh, most of those killed were found with their throats slit.  Islamic State group had taken responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unraveled.

Commandos launched an assault on the terrorists, killing six and capturing one alive.

The government, however, blames “homegrown” militant groups and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the attack, out rightly rejecting the involvement of the Islamic State.

-This article is modified by Bulbul, a staff-writer at NewsGram. 

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  • Aparna Gupta

    He is really a hero. This type of friendship is rarely seen in present days.

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Violence And Intimidation Directed Towards Rohingyas In Bangladesh Camps

Human Rights Watch warned in a report in August that the Bangladeshi government was restricting access to basic services by resisting attempts by aid agencies.

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Rohingya refugees carry a hume pipe in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

The failed attempt to send thousands of Rohingya back to Myanmar starting this month has drawn attention to alleged violence and intimidation by security forces against members of the Muslim minority living in Bangladesh’s sprawling refugee camps.

Bangladesh has boosted its international reputation by hosting more than 730,000 Rohingya who fled a vicious campaign by Myanmar’s military last year that U.N. investigators have labelled genocide – an accusation Myanmar has consistently denied.

But Bangladesh appears keen to demonstrate that Rohingya refugees will not be welcome there indefinitely. The planned repatriations sparked fear and chaos last week as Rohingya went into hiding – and in a handful of reported cases attempted suicide – to avoid being sent back.

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Rohingya refugee children shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

Meanwhile, allegations of sporadic beatings, looting and intimidation by Bangladeshi soldiers, police and camp officials have underscored the bleak conditions faced by Rohingya in their host country, where most are denied official refugee status and face restrictions on freedom of movement.

The repatriation of some 2,000 refugees was scheduled to begin last Thursday, but Bangladesh has now put the plans on hold until next year after failing to find any Rohingya willing to go back.

Rohingya in the camps have told VOA that soldiers were stationed near the homes of those who were told they would be sent back last week, fueling fears of forced repatriation and adding to widespread distress in communities already suffering extreme trauma after last year’s violence.

One Rohingya man told VOA anonymously that block leaders in the camps were also “announcing with loudspeakers… that it’s essential for everyone to carry ID with them whenever and wherever they go if they leave their homes.”

Late last month, security forces looted property from Rohingya shopkeepers at the Balukhali camp, said John Quinley, a human rights specialist with the non-profit organization Fortify Rights.

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Rohingya refugees walk under rain clouds on June 26, 2018, in Jamtoli refugee camp in Bangladesh. VOA

“Right now the security forces are operating in the camps with total impunity,” he said.

In another case earlier this month, Fortify Rights reported that security forces rounded up 18 Rohingya leaders and slapped and hit some of them while telling them to instruct other refugees to cooperate with a new U.N.-backed project to provide them with “smart cards.”

Many Rohingya oppose the identity cards because they fear the information on them will be shared with the Myanmar government.

Bangladesh’s refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner, Abul Kalam, told VOA he was unaware of the allegations of violence but would follow up. “Generally, it is not acceptable that someone would apply force on or beat someone to do or not to do something,” he said.

Quinley called on the U.N.’s refugee agency to “do everything in their power to make sure that the Bangladeshi authorities are respecting human rights.”

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An elderly Rohingya refugee holds a placard during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh.VOA

Spokesperson Caroline Gluck said the agency has notified the authorities of a “small number” of reports of violence related to the smart card project. The agency has “been following up with them to ascertain the circumstances of what happened,” she told VOA.

Officials have responded that the incidents were “not linked” to the smart card project, she said.

She added, “The new ID card will enable refugees to be better protected and will streamline access to assistance and services.”

Mohammed Sheikh Anwar, a Rohingya activist, told VOA the Bangladeshi government “needs to keep the lower-level authorities in check. There should be an accountability measure.”

“Committing violence against genocide survivors to make them agree to the authorities’ terms is not the solution,” he added.

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A Rohingya refugee woman draws water from a hand pump at a temporary shelter in New Delhi, India.

Last week a Rohingya man named Ata Ullah said he was beaten at the office of an official at the Chakmarkul camp, the Guardian reported, after he failed to provide the official with a list of refugees.

Ata Ullah said in a video circulated on social media that when he couldn’t provide the official with a list he “was beaten with a large stick… they stepped on my neck, I could not stand it.”

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Human Rights Watch warned in a report in August that the Bangladeshi government was restricting access to basic services by resisting attempts by aid agencies and Rohingya refugees to “create any structures, infrastructure, or policies that suggest permanency.”

As a result, the report said, “refugee children do not go to school, but rather to ‘temporary learning centers,’ where ‘facilitators,’ not ‘teachers,’ preside over the classrooms. The learning centers are inadequate, only providing about two hours of instruction a day,” the report said. (VOA)