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>when everybody wants to go home, they opt otherwise

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>PERCHING on the edge of a raised platform outside the Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital yesterday, they wore the same expression — a kind of vacant look on their faces. 
When the rail station is bustling with home-bound people who want to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones, these four kids see no difference between going home and staying in Dhaka during this greatest festival. 
“For me, life back home has nothing to offer,” 14-year-old Mosharraf sighed. Although he has a father and a stepmother in Noakhali, it doesn’t make any difference to him.
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Mamun, Shukkur and Nizam, who are of approximately same age, have similar stories to tell. And they belong to the group of homeless people in Dhaka to whom festivals like Eid brings no special meaning.
“It is rather a bad time for us because we almost lose our means of livelihood during such periods,” Mosharraf added.
Many homeless people sleep on the spaces adjacent to the railway station at night. Most of them will not go home during this Eid, the boys said.
Tejgaon and Airport railway stations, Karwan Bazar kitchen market, Stadium Market, Shahbagh, Ramna, Chankharpool and Mirpur are some of the areas where several hundred homeless people sleep at night under the open sky. 


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