Dreams die on Bangladesh's treacherous roads

The death of one young woman symbolizes why the country's ghastly road toll has endured
Dreams die on Bangladesh's treacherous roads

Liyana Tripura Poppy (left), seen here with her family in Dhaka, was killed soon after, becoming one of Bangladesh’s 21,000 annual road fatalities. New legislation has just been passed to finally make the country’s roads safer. (Photo supplied)

Liyana Tripura Poppy, an ethnic Tripura Catholic, was born and raised in a forested village beneath the smoky hills of Thanchi in Bandarban in southeast Bangladesh.

Like most ethnic people on the hills, her parents struggled to raise their three children — two daughters and a son. But Poppy dreamed of becoming a university graduate and landing a good job so that she could support the family and become self-reliant.

Four years ago, she graduated from a college in Bandarban, moved to capital Dhaka and found a job in a beauty parlor, where she hoped to pay off her tuition fees and send money back to her family.

But her good dreams were short-lived. On Oct. 18, Poppy died in a horrific road crash while on her way to work. She was just 23 years old.

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