Liberation War Museum, Dhaka
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A museum about the extremely bloody episode in history as Bangladesh
emerged as an independent state after the 'Bangladeshi Liberation war', in which the (West) Pakistani military massacred millions (depending on the source, the figures given typically range between one and three million), raped, looted, and displaced over 10 million refugees.
The trauma this left on the country is well documented in this comparatively recent museum, which opened in 1996. In six galleries on two floors photographs, media coverage, documents and artefacts are on display (actually only a small proportion of the museum's total collection, due to limitations of space) – some of these are of a graphic and gruesome nature.
In addition, the museum (together with the army) unearthed two killing fields outside the city, one of which is being preserved (under the name Jallad Khana – 'the butcher's den'), and some of the remains found there are also now on display at the museum.
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (only to 5 p.m. during the winter months)
minimal fee (3 BDT is only a few cents in Euros or Dollars)
at No. 5, Segun Bagicha, in central Dhaka.
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