Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Valiant Salma is in Bed

Salma Besra is a valiant tribal woman who has been a social worker and a health worker in the surrounding villages of Bolaigaon and Bajebindol in Raiganj Block, North Dinajpur district. She had fought against illicit liquor sales in the villages to such a level that the liquor-selling families hated her. She planted sting operations with the help of the Block Administration to catch two women and and a man who were involved in flesh-trade and human trafficking of girls to Delhi and other northern states. This was reported by newspapers! Now she has fallen sick suddenly and she is partially paralysed. Her husband deserted her few years back. With two children in the school, she had the energy to work for the poor, and she has formed over 25 women's groups. Having had no education, this year she has joined "Open School" for writing the tenth Standard. The district hospital at Raiganj could not help her much although all expenses were borne by Social Welfare Institute. She is presently bed-ridden at the dispensary run by the Sisters of Divine Saviour at Bolaigaon. She needs to go for some physio-therapy, which is not available at Raiganj. Salma needs our prayers and support.

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