Australia cricket team, who are currently in Bangladesh to play a two-match Test series against the hosts Bangladesh, visited Oxfam in Bangladesh to meet with families from Satolla slum in Dhaka. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বস্তিবাসীদের দেখা করতে অজি ক্রিকেটাররা]
Cricketers took out times from their practice session, which is going on in a full swing in ‘Shere-E-Bangla Cricket Stadium’ prior to the first Test and learnt about the lifestyles of peoples of Satolla slum.
Aussie cricketers also heard from the locals about their struggles to access decent work, as well as water and sanitation services. They have been also seen firsthand how Oxfam is working in Bangladesh to counter these issues.
After making visit, Usman Khawaja, one of experienced cricketer and part of Australia team of Bangladesh tour said, “It was quite an experience here today. Some of the kids and adults had amazing stories and have experienced really tough times growing up which although you expect in this part of the world, it really sinks in when you hear it firsthand.”
Aussie cricketers got the chance to hear the life stories of three of the workers and received a rare insight into the challenges they face on a daily basis working in an urban slum.
Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke praised the visitors for making a visit in Oxfam to know about the people of Satolla slum.
“It’s fantastic that Australia’s best male cricketers have taken time out of their busy tour in Bangladesh to visit an Oxfam program generously supported by the Australian public and Government, to get a better idea of how we help people to tackle poverty,” Dr Szoke said.