Victory Day celebration starts
Wednesday, 12 December 2007

 

Liberation War Museum's (LWM) weeklong programme on the occasion of our Victory Day began on December 10 at the museum premises. Mafidul Haque, one of the museum trustees, presented the main speech at the event. Another trustee and eminent cultural personality Aly Zaker delivered the welcome speech.

December 10, marks the 60th anniversary of United Nation's historic Genocide Convention, which is significant for Bangladesh, surviving a brutal genocide.

In his speech titled “60th anniversary of Genocide Convention and Bangladesh”, Mafidul Haque said, “According to the Genocide Convention, the government of the state as well as the UN are responsible to initiate the trials of war criminals. However, we have not found any initiative as of yet in our country.”

Aly Zaker said, “The generation that experienced and lived through the war has seen what the Pakistani army, and their collaborators Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams had done to the unarmed civilians. Now decades after, there is a conscious effort to establish an 'altered' history that says no mass murder, torture or abuse occurred during the war. It is high time that we take a stance against the war criminals and get the world to acknowledge that our nation survived a genocide.”

At the cultural programme that followed, children of Arani Bidyalaya and Engineers' Institute Girls School performed patriotic songs, recitation and dance. A solo dance performance by Silva from Engineers' Institute Girls School delighted the audience.

Students of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) also participated at the event. They staged a short play by eminent playwright and poet Syed Shamsul Haque, titled Juddho Ebong Juddho.

Dhaka Theatre performed a brief version of their latest production Nimojjon by Selim Al Deen. The play highlights the theme that every civilisation stands on the bones of people killed in genocides. “The play is a tribute to the victims of genocides that occured all over the world since human civilisation began,” said Nasiruddin Yousuff, the director of the play.

The 32-minute version of the play was an “artistic representation of the message that the Liberation War Museum wants to convey,” said Mafidul Haque, bringing an end to the first day's programme. The event will continue till December 16.

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