Even after almost a week of Eid, Bangladeshis are still returning to capital as the suffering continues. 15/09/2010
Eids are the biggest festivals for Muslim Bangladeshis who attend on a mass scale. It is a period of celebration and joy. People, especially from the capital and big cities, like to go to their native places to celebrate with relatives. For many it is one of very few occasions to return to their village. But it is a logistical nightmare as well, both personally and collectively. After the festival they have to return quickly to go back to work. Therefore coming back to capital continues for days, but this year it seems to be continuing longer and spanning almost the whole week.
With huge numbers of people moving within a few days it has put huge pressure on the transport system. People have to wait long hours in the terminals and stand in queues for their turn to board a bus. Many people try to find alternative transports for a quick ride home but often resort to dangerous options; especially poorer people who are forced to take risky rides because of their limited options.
They get on the roof of the bus or climb on a loaded truck to get back cheaply and quickly.