The road back

January 23, 2014
Julian Francis
The road back

On January 21st, 2014, I was in thought remembering the difficult journey I made from Kolkata to Dhaka all those years ago in 1972.
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All about Christmas

December 25, 2013
Julian Francis
All about Christmas

My first memories of Christmas are those of the late 1940s and early 1950s in the United Kingdom when post-war (World War II) food
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Break barriers, open doors

December 3, 2013
Julian Francis
Break barriers, open doors

My elder brother, James, who was born in 1943 with a genetic chromosomal abnormality, Down’s Syndrome
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1971 and the expatriate war criminals

November 8, 2013
Julian Francis
1971 and the expatriate war criminals

I have been following the war crimes trials since they started and I was wondering what would happen if Bangladeshis who are now foreign nationals are found guilty of murder and crimes against humanity.
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Problems for left-handers!

August 13, 2013
Julian Francis
Problems for left-handers!

August 13th , which is International Lefthanders Day, was first observed in 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness
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Songs and music of 1971

July 7, 2013
Julian Francis
Songs and music of 1971

In 1971, Oxfam was assisting about 600,000 Bangladeshis in over 50 refugee camps in the border areas from Tripura right round to the outskirts of Kolkata
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A ‘friend’ of Bangladesh thinks aloud

April 12, 2013
Julian Francis
A ‘friend’ of Bangladesh thinks aloud

“You received the ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’ from the Government last year, and over many years you have commented on the development of Bangladesh.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Communal Discord, Politics, Religion, Religious Extremism, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 11 Comments »

Shahbagh thoughts

February 14, 2013
Julian Francis
Shahbagh thoughts

“Why have you come here today”, asked a young woman at Shahbagh last Friday. “What do you think of it all”, he added. I replied, “I came to absorb the atmosphere here and I think that this is an important part of the history of Bangladesh.”
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Seeing with the heart — Eid and Christmas

December 24, 2012
Julian Francis
Seeing with the heart — Eid and Christmas

About eight years ago, when Eid-ul-Fitr came quite close to Christmas, it was interesting to observe the joy of festivities with family and friends and the giving and receiving of gifts.
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December 1971 memories

December 16, 2012
Julian Francis
December 1971 memories

During the last one week, I was in Kolkata looking up old friends who worked with me in 1971. They were part of an amazing team which ran OXFAM’s large refugee relief operation which assisted about 600,000 men
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Remembering the fallen and wars

November 12, 2012
Julian Francis
Remembering the fallen and wars

“Why on earth are you wearing a flower on your shirt?”, someone asked me today as I waited for treatment at Apollo Hospital. I explained
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Only lefties do it right!

August 12, 2012
Julian Francis
Only lefties do it right!

August 13th, which is International Lefthanders Day, was first observed in 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing lefthanders in a predominantly right-handed world.
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Marriage of Tahomina: Education comes first

June 10, 2012
Julian Francis
Marriage of Tahomina: Education comes first

In late 2008, I was involved in verifying AKOTA’s selection of Core Participant Households (CPHH) in Tarapur Union of Sundarganj Upazila of Gaibandha District. I visited one household in the village of Char Khorda, which was that of Momena (ID# -244), wife of Tofazzel Hossain.
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Receiving the Bangladesh freedom honour: some emotions and reflections

March 25, 2012
Julian Francis
Receiving the Bangladesh freedom honour: some emotions and reflections

In 1971, I had the privilege and responsibility of administering OXFAM’s relief programme for up to 600,000 of the ten million refugees who had fled from Bangladesh to India and were staying in many of the over 900 refugee camps in the border areas of India and Bangladesh.
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‘Special children’ – some thoughts and observations

January 10, 2012
Julian Francis
‘Special children’ – some thoughts and observations

My earliest childhood memory is of my elder brother sitting, it seemed to me, permanently, in a push-chair and sometimes in a wheelchair. It was something that as a young child I accepted not knowing it was unusual.
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