It is a pleasant morning, heralding the spring, in Birsing Part I char village. However, Shahida Khatun, 30, cannot quite enjoy it. She has a fever and is waiting in the lobby of the char’s Riverine Primary Health Centre (PHC) to consult the doctor.
Birsing is one of 2,251 habitations in Assam that are situated on chars or sandy, shifting islands all along the Brahmaputra. Unlike most chars, it was not formed by silt deposition, but was originally a part of Fakirganj town that got separated from the mainland by the changing course of the river. As a result, the landmass is not as fragile or impermanent as other chars, and has remained almost intact over the years. Read More…
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