We're Live Bangla Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Freedom in the making: Bangladesh

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A mother and children prepare to board a refugee train in Kumarkhali, 1971.

A member of the Mukti Bahini, a Bangladesh guerrilla resistance movement, with a 303 Lee-Enfield rifle slung over his shoulder in Kushtia, April 1971

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Photograph: Anne de Henning

Mukti Bahini fighters at an observation post across the Indian border, April 1971.Recalling her first encounter with the Mukti Bahini, Henning said: ‘I saw a handful of young Mukti Bahinis stepping out of their makeshift observation post flanked by a tall bamboo pole flying the green, red and yellow flag. They greeted me with broad smiles, saying: “You are now in free Bangladesh!”’

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A family flees to safety in a horse-drawn cart, April 1971

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A mother and her children prepare to board a refugee train in Kumarkhali, April 1971

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Dr Ashabul Haq Joarder, chief adviser to the Liberation Forces South Western Command, works on a map in Chuadanga, 7 April 1971

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Civilians and members of the provincial assembly of Rajbari stand ready to fight with bows and arrows in Pangsha, 9 April 1971

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A house shelled by a Pakistani Sabre jet in Kushtia, April 1971.Henning said: ‘Other striking sights were the empty streets of small towns and villages I walked through. Some houses in Kushtia showed the scars of recent shelling by Pakistani Sabre jets. An eerie silence also reigned here. In Kushtia and Pangsha, hundreds of young men had gathered to ask us to tell the world about their plight and their dire need for modern military equipment’

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A crowd of men demonstrate at Pangsha station, April 1971

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A family flee to safety and two Mukti Bahini fighters carry their rifles in Kumarkhali, 9 April 1971

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Men chant slogans in Kushtia, 8 April 1971

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