Catholics in Bangladesh distribute food to children to mark ‘National Mourning Day’

Street children and the elderly receive food from Caritas in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi region on August 15, the country’s National Mourning Day. (Photo supplied)

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi region marked “National Mourning Day” on August 15 by distributing food to street children and the elderly.

“We highlighted the important work done by the Father of the Nation during his lifetime for the benefit of street children,” said Sebastian Rozario, executive director of Caritas Bangladesh, in a message.

“I expect every street child to have a home of their own, a decent job, and a dignified life,” said Rozario.

Bangladesh observed the 46th anniversary of the martyrdom of the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He was assassinated along with 18 of his family members in Dhaka by some military men on the night of August 15, 1975.

While prayer vigils were done in churches, mosques, and temples across the country to mark the day, Catholic church volunteers distributed food to the needy from donations.

Suklesh George Costa, regional director of Caritas Rajshahi, initiated the program, which was graced by Father Emmanuel K. Rozario, vicar general of Rajshahi diocese, and Md. Kamruzzaman Kamru, a member of the council in the city of Rajshahi.

At least 250 street children, 50 children with special needs, and 50 elderly people benefitted from the project. - Nikhil Gomez / RVA News