Restart of Peace Corps Program in Bangladesh

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Bangladesh: Peace Corps Bangladesh : The Peace Corps in Bangladesh: 2006.03.15: March 15, 2006: Headlines: COS - Bangladesh: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Peace Corps: Peace Corps Suspends Program in Bangladesh : Restart of Peace Corps Program in Bangladesh

By Syed Abu Bakar Siddique ( on Thursday, September 07, 2006 - 2:45 am: Edit Post

Mr Ron Tschetter
Peace Corps

Subject:Restart of Peace Corps Program in Bangladesh.

Dear Mr Ron Tschetter,

Heartiest congratulation for being selected as the Director of the Peace Corps. May God bless you with enough strength and courage to shoulder the noble responsibilities of PC so as to achieve its desired goals. As a citizen and a social worker of Bangladesh I would like to appeal and submit my humble request to you regarding the restart of Peace Corps Program in Bangladesh.

Peace Corps suspended program in Bangladesh on 15 March 2006. Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez announced the suspension of the Peace Corps program in Bangladesh on March 15.Might be, his speculation was that the volunteers were not secured in Bangladesh. Probably it was based on anticipation or misinformation. Reality is that the people of Bangladesh love the international especially any volunteers who serve the people. Administration also is keen and provides security measures for the protection of the volunteers as and when required. There was no such incident, regarding any breach of security for any international person including American, in Bangladesh after independence i.e. 1972. More than 280 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Bangladesh since the program opened in November 1998. I was not affiliated with PC but my personal understanding is that opinion of the volunteers, if you ask them, also will justify that the people of Bangladesh love and act to maintain peace. So called ridiculous terrorists have been captured and are being taken into judicial task for rigorous punishment. Administration could successfully control the unexpected situation regarding law and order of the country. Presently all internationals are working in Bangladesh freely. Restart of any humanitarian program by PC will certainly encourage the people as well as the administration of Bangladesh to fight the terrors and discourage the criminals to grow up.

As I understand, HIV/AIDS is the greatest threat for Bangladesh at present. Bangladesh is passing a crucial time in this regard. But it is possible to prevent the HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh by undertaking a formidable awareness campaign. In this regard Peace Corps, under your leadership, can help Bangladesh to prevent such deadly disease HIV/AIDS. Watch Bangladesh is an NGO working to serve the people of Bangladesh. I am the founder Chairman and the Executive Director of the NGO. Watch Bangladesh is ready to extend all-out cooperation to support PC program in this regard.
If you consider Bangladesh in your PC future programs and restart PC program ASP to prevent HIV/AIDS, I will be ever grateful to you and your PC on behalf of 150 million peace loving people of Bangladesh. It is my personal /humble effort for your consideration to help the disadvantaged people. Your positive gesture will be appreciated and positive reciprocity will be shown by the people of Bangladesh.

Wish you all the best.

With profound regards
Syed Abu Bakar Siddique
Executive Director
Watch Bangladesh
Flat# 302,138 Gulshan Avenue,Gulshan 2
Dhaka 1212,Bangladesh.
Cell # 880-2-1720101945, E-mail #

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