Bangladesh funeral volunteers will go down in history as the heroes of the pandemic. At a time when victims of the coronavirus were being denied their last rites, with even relatives, in many cases, deciding to stay away from lost loved ones, a group of strangers stepped up to give the dead a dignified farewell amid the pandemic. Their selfless actions have set a new benchmark for humanity, overcoming various social and religious barriers along the way against the backdrop of an unprecedented crisis.
In the process, these volunteers sacrificed being with their loved ones amid safety concerns. Although the beneficiaries remained grateful to them, some members of society tried to drive them away and placed various obstacles in front of them. But the volunteers soldiered on and continued laying to rest one COVID-19 victim after another, while also arranging for the treatment of the infected.
During this period, patients, doctors, nurses and volunteers were subjected to social harassment due to widespread misunderstandings about the disease but the situation has improved in recent times.
- Azim Khan Ronnie
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