‘Late’ Amena returns home after 22 years
Published: 04:14 PM, 6 September 2021
Amena Begum was greeted with flowers on arrival at the airport
Amena Khatun from Bogura has returned home from Nepal 22 years after her disappearance. She arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka on a special flight from Nepal around 1:00 pm on Monday - free of cost with the help of the government.
Amena Khatun’s grandson Adilur Rahman Adil has confirmed the matter.
Due to her disappearance for long 22 years, Amena Khatun’s name was mentioned as “late” on her children’s NID card, Amena Khatun’s family told the correspondent.
Adilur Rahman Adil said her grandmother has been mentally imbalanced for almost 40 years. She has three sons and a daughter. “Grandmother went to Dhaka with her son Fatik Mia who was scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia in 1997. Later, she was not found, as a result, family members thought she might be dead,” he also said.
Adilur Rahman Adil added that it was later learned before this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr that “Amena Khatun was in Nepal”. Her children then confirmed her identity with pictures. “Last Friday, Masud Alam, a counselor at the Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal, arranged for Amena to talk to her children in a video call. Amena recognized her children and relatives in that call,” he said.
“We left for Bogura after receiving grandmother from the airport on Monday afternoon,” Amena’s grandson Adil said.
Councilor Masud Alam at the Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal posted a status on his social handle Facebook on Saturday where he wrote: “Amjad Hossain Pramanik of Bogura found his lost mother after 22 years in Nepal....her children assumed that their mother was no longer alive. She was mentioned as late in their NID cards. The rescued Amena is now about 80...She will be handed over to her family in Dhaka on a special flight from Nepal on September 6 under the supervision of the Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal at full government expense.”
He further wrote: “I will also come to Dhaka on the same plane. On May 30, Muk-esh Mehta of Qrc Inaruwa Sunsari district, Nepal, posted on his Facebook page that there was a Bangladeshi woman rescued under the care of Inaruwa Municipality Deputy Mayor Jamuna Gautam Pokhrel. Abhinav Chaudhary Chairman at Nepal Bangladesh Youth Conclave mentioned me in the comments. Then I talked to Amina Khatun on the phone and tried to find out her address but failed. Later, I went to Sunsari, about 450 km from Kathmandu, on June 1 as per the advice of the ambassador... Biplob Ghosh, President of Sunsari Bengali Samaj assisted me in Inaruwa.”
The rescue of this helpless old woman from Nepal at the government’s expense is a shining example of the present government, Councilor Masud Alam said, adding that he was happy to be able to serve the helpless besides performing his government duties. “I expect Amena Begum to spend the rest of her life happily with her family,” he said.