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Brahmanbaria train crash: 2-year-old Mahima keeps asking for her mother

  • Published at 11:09 pm November 15th, 2019
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File photo: Fire fighters conducting rescue operation at the scene of the accident near Mondobhag Railway Station in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria, in November 12, 2019 Courtesy of Md Sohag

The accident which occurred on October 12 left 16 dead and scores injured

Two and a half year old Mahima Akter is only just recovering from her head injuries, but she keeps wailing to see her mother.

She does not know that her mother, Kakoli Akter, died in the fatal train accident in Brahmanbaria's Kasba upazila, alongside three of Kakoli's relatives.

The accident which occurred on October 12  left 16 dead and scores injured. 

Mahima survived and is now receiving medical care at the Combined Medical Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka. Although she is out of danger, she constantly keeps seeking her mother, her aunt Ayesha Akter and uncle Md Manik Mia told Dhaka Tribune. 

Mahima would have been in her mother's arms if they had started for home on the original date they had planned to travel on. 

Manik Mia told Dhaka Tribune that she was travelling back home to Chandpur from Sylhet with three of her grandparents, her mother, and her aunt. 

They had gone to visit the holy Hazrat Shahjalal Mazar Sharif in Sylhet. 

But due to the unfavourable weather caused by cyclone Bulbul, they decided to head back home two days earlier than their planned return date. 

After the accident, Mahima was left alone at the hospital bed in Brahmanbaria until her family found her. 

A delighted Mahima jumped to their arms the moment she saw them. Now, Mahima’s aunt Ayesha is taking care of her at CMH.

"Mahima is looking for her mother," Ayesha said. "She keeps asking for Kakoli.

"But what do we tell Mahima?" Ayesha said. 

Ayesha, a garment worker in Dhaka, said she is going to quit her job and return to her ancestral home in Chandpur to take care of Mahima.

Meanwhile, touched by little Mahima's helplessness, Deputy Minister for Water Resources, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, has taken responsibility for her care. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, he said: “This little girl has lost her mother in this fatal train crash. I want to provide for her as she is from my parliamentary constituency. I will pay for her school and college.”

He assured of building a home for Mahima’s family in Chandpur, as the house they live in is in bad shape.

He also said the doctor told him Mahima will be released from the hospital in two days or so.

On Tuesday, Dhaka bound Turna Nishita, coming from Chittagong, crashed into Chittagong bound Udayan Express, coming from Sylhet, near Mondobagh Railway Station in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria around 2:45am.