Fifty Jumma people injured and two raped in attacks by settlers

April 7, 2006

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Fifty Jumma people were injured and two Jumma women raped when Bengali settlers attacked two villages in the northern Chittagong Hill Tracts this week.

The attack, which was carried out with the support of security forces, was sparked by a conflict over land. Settlers had occupied land belonging to a local orphanage.

Over the last fifty years, the Jumma people have gone from being practically the only occupants of their land to being almost outnumbered by Bengali settlers. The Bangladesh government has often given the settlers the best land, and the army has violently repressed the Jummas.

Survival has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh voicing concern over the attacks.