Bogura is a city located in the north west of Bangladesh, in the division of Rajshahi. Around 400,000 people live in the city. Many people in the district work in the agricultural sector, and tourists come to the region to visit sacred monuments and ancient cities.However, poverty still affects people in Bogura. Children are suffering from this poverty, many do not get enough food and can only dream of going to school. Furthermore, many children in Bogura are forced to marry.
Since 1995, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bogura.
Although Bangladesh has experienced a sustained economic growth over the past years, food insecurity is still recurrent, and 11 million people still suffer from acute hunger. Parents in Bangladesh struggle to provide enough nutritious food for their children.
And thus, 23% of children in the division of Rajshahi, where Bogura is located, are underweight. To be more specific, 26% of children in Rajshahi experience stunting (low height for age), which occurs when a child has not had enough food of adequate quality.
Malnutrition and food insecurity are caused by poverty, which in turn has many causes, like the effects of climate risks.
Bangladesh ranks among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest levels of child marriages. This means a harrowing 51% of women aged 20 to 24 were first married before 18. Child marriage is a violation of the universal declaration of human rights, and the emotional damage a child suffers from a forced union is profound. Married girls in Bangladesh are over four times more likely to be out of school than unmarried girls. Furthermore, there is also an increased risk of child pregnancies and domestic violence. In Bogura specifically, 65% of girls were married as a child. The government has set a national target to end child marriage by 2041.