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Catholic activist receives Bangladesh’s highest award

Aronno Chiran won the Swadhinata Purashkar 2024, the highest national civilian award. He received the award for his work in the field of social services. He works in many fields, including the support of patients in hospitals, preventing child marriage, and conserving endangered tribal cultures.

Aronno Chiran, an ethnic Garo Catholic activist, received the highest civilian award in Bangladesh directly from the hands of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina. He won the award alongside nine other people who also achieved significant results in different fields of society.

Chiran has been involved in social and ecclesial activities since his student years. He held the position of president of the Bangladesh Catholic Students Movement in the Diocese of Mymensingh. He still serves in leading positions in the Shanti Mitra Samajkalyan Sanstha, the Tribal Welfare Association Mymensingh Branch, and the Oikya Parishad of Tribal Organizations of Greater Mymensingh.

His work for the conservation of tribal cultures greatly contributes to the survival of many tribes, their way of life, and their traditions. He also helps young people receive the best possible educational opportunities and those who are in need of medical treatment.

His award is important not only for him but also for the whole Garo tribe and Catholic community. Being an ethnic and religious minority in the Muslim majority of Bangladesh often puts them in a difficult position. His entire community is happy and proud of his success.

Source: Asia News

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