On December 31st 1971 we left the kilo refugee camp as civilian Prisoners Of War of Indian Army and Civilians Under Protective Custody of the United Nations. We were taken under armed guard to the port city of Narayanganj near Dhaka and boarded the old “Rocket” steamer for an overnight perilous journey to Khulna. Here we were stuffed into train carriages like animals, there was not even room to stretch our legs. The windows were boarded with wood planks so we could not see outside. The train took seven arduous days to transport us to the prisoner’s camp in Roorki, in North Western India, where we were to spent the next 2 years imprisoned in cages.

This is a story of our day to day life in the camp as seen by the eyes of an 8 to 10 year-old boy during this 2 year period. While little has been written about the 1971 genocide and war, even less has been told about the fate of ninety-three thousand POWs of the aftermath of the war. This was the largest number of POWs taken during any war in history, with the exception of World War II. So, it is surprising that lives of these prisoners have not been documented at all and my book is the first such attempt to bring their story to the world.

Other Blogs of The Boy Refugee

Refugee

God is Gracious!

Life can be difficult but hard work and perseverance always pays off. • Spending two years as a child in refugee camp in India. •

Read More »
Refugee

Prisoner of War

On December 31st 1971 we left the kilo refugee camp as civilian Prisoners Of War of Indian Army and Civilians Under Protective Custody of the

Read More »
Refugee

16th of December 1971

What’s in a day? The 16th of December, 1971, is the day when the allied forces of India and Bangladesh were victorious over the Pakistani

Read More »
Refugee

FAMOUS REFUGEES. Part -IV

Nasreddin Murat-Khan. Architect of one of the most significant national monuments: Minar-e-Pakistan. Nasreddin Murat-Khan was born in 1904 in Dagestan, in the then Russian Empire.

Read More »
Refugee

FAMOUS REFUGEES. Part -III

Madeleine Albright (U.S. Secretary of State) In 1997 Madeleine Albright became the first woman to be appointed U.S. Secretary of State. The daughter of a

Read More »
Scroll Up