MINURSO marks the International Mother Language Day
On 21 February, MINURSO Acting Force Commander, Major General Chowdhury Md Main Ullah (Bangladesh), alongside members of Bangladeshi Medical Unit presided over a ceremony in MINURSO HQ commemorating the International Mother Language Day. 21 February 1952 recalls the day when students at the University of Dhaka, the capital and largest city of the current Bangladesh launched a nationwide campaign to promote the speaking of Bengali in the run up to the creation of Bangladesh Nation in 1971. In recognition of the Bengali people’s struggle for their language and culture, UNESCO decided in 1999 that “21 February” would be observed worldwide as International Mother Language Day. The “Mother Language” is a melting pot of a particular culture with all its constituents and its preservation implies the protection of values, philosophies, cultural features, traditions, expressions, songs, dances, and other rituals.