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Bangladesh Should Support Hijra, Trans Under Covid-19

Expand A Hijra in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2013 Shahria Sharmin As Bangladesh braces for the impact of COVID-19, with much of the country in lockdown, people with means have stocked food and hunkered down at home. But in a country where one in five people lives below the poverty line, for many Bangladeshis these precautions are impossible. And while the restrictions are aimed at saving lives, for some, the lockdown presents a whole new set of risks. Among those who are acutely facing those risks are people who identify as hijra, kothi, or transgender. Many from these communities live hand to mouth,…

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