Thousands pay tribute to BRAC founder Abed
December 22nd, 2019 at 12:45 pm
Thousands pay tribute to BRAC founder Abed

Dhaka – Thousands of people from different walks of life paid tribute to Bangladeshi icon of anti-poverty campaign Fazle Hasan Abed as his coffin was taken Sunday to Army Stadium in Dhaka.

Abed, the founder of one of the world’s largest non-governmental organization BRAC, died at the age of 83 on Friday. He had been suffering from brain tumor.

Relatives, friends, colleagues, politicians, professionals, foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka and others were seen waiting on queues at the stadium to pay tribute to the legendary development activist. They placed floral wreaths at the coffin and prayed for salvation of his departed soul.  

Delegations on behalf of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader placed wreaths on his coffin.

Among others Speaker of the national parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam, former CEC ATM Shamsul Huda, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and senior leaders from political divides attended the funeral rites.

Leading non-governmental organizations also placed floral wreaths as a mark of respect to the coffin.

Politicians from different parts of the world, Nobel laureates and leading economists expressed shock at the death of Abed.

Born into a wealthy family in Bangladesh, Abed studied in Scotland and worked in corporate finance before he founded BRAC in 1972 to empower the poorer section of the people.

He founded BRAC in 1972 and the organization grew to become one of the world’s largest NGOs, which addresses projects on extreme poverty by providing loans, training in skills and financial literacy, preventative health guidance and coaching, safe migration among others.

The organization is in operation to some of the world’s poorest places, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Abed retired as chairman of the organization in August and had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.