Moni Begum, who attended the 70th session of the UN General Assembly as a children’s representative from Bangladesh, has been in a miserable condition as her family’s house fell apart following an earthquake.
Three sides of the mud-walled house at Goagaon village in Thimpasha union of Kulaura upazila where Moni’s family used to live in crushed down during the earthquake felt across the country on January 3.
Now, amid bitter cold, the family members been living under a makeshift roof of polyethylene sheet mounted with the help of bamboo perching at the house corners.
Moni Begum said that three portions of the house collapsed following the tremor.
The rest of the house can collapse anytime if it is not repaired soon to ensure the safety of the family members.
She also sought assistance to reconstruct the house from the affluent section of society.
Md Abdur Rouf, principle of Kulaura Yakub Tajul Mahila College, said the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Kulaura has already visited Moni Begum’s house and distributed them TK one lakh for repairing the house.
Moni Begum, a 1st year student of HSC at Longla Degree College in the upazila, got invited to attend the 70th General Convention at the UN in 2015 as the only children’s representative from Bangladesh.
Her father, Morom Ali, is a day labourer and mother, Haoa Begum, is a homemaker in the village. Among their six siblings, Moni is the youngest one..