HPA2009-Mro Tribal Life in Bangladesh
By G.M.B. Akash (Bangladesh)
HPA2009 Nomination Award
Bangladesh's tribal population consists of about 1 million people, just fewer than 1 percent of the total population. They live primarily in the Chittagong Hills and in the regions of Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi. The majority of the tribal population (778.425) lives in rural settings, where many practice shifting cultivation. The inhabitants of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal. Life of the tribal people is extremely fascinating. The majority of them are Buddhists and the rest are Hindus, Christians and Animists. The women-folk are more hard-working than the males and they are the main productive force.