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Bangladesh: Inadequate aid forces Barishal fishermen to ignore ban October 15,2021   |  Source: TBS News

Extreme poverty is forcing fishermen in Barishal division to violate the ongoing 22-day fishing ban as the assistance they get falls far short of their need. The rice given to them as assistance for 20 days during the ban beginning 4 October is not enough for a family, complained the fishermen. "Is only 20kg rice enough for a family of five to seven members to survive for 22 days? We have other daily needs, which we cannot meet with this aid," said Hasib Ahmed, a young fisherman from Rajapur in Jhalakathi.

The division also has around 60,000 to 70,000 unregistered fishermen who are still out of the food assistance programme, according to the fishermen community. The fishermen have no strong organisation to press for their demands and rights, said Hasib Ahmed. He said, "Fishermen who are below 18 years cannot register as a voter identity card is mandatory for the registration. Being registered is the prime condition for getting any kind of aid from the government. Many young fishermen in the division have no voter identity card and they cannot enlist themselves for the aid." Till Friday last, 96 fishermen were arrested for fishing during the ban, according to Barishal fisheries department office.

The reporter talked to around 20 fishermen of four districts under the

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