The Chaks: Life on the Fringe

One of the very tiny indigenous communities, the Chaks—with less than 3,000 people—live on the fringe of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). They are concentrated in Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban Hill District. Distinctively different from other ethnic communities in Bangladesh, the Chaks have lived in remote forest villages for centuries undisturbed and satisfied with their traditional jum agriculture. But for the past few decades many changes detrimental to their survival have occurred around them. The Bangalis have been settled on their traditional land. These settlers and others coming from neighboring areas have invaded the land that they traditionally and freely used.

The Chaks: Life on the Fringe (Chak: Pranter Jibon) contains findings of a baseline survey on the socio-economic conditions of the entire Chak community and also facts, anecdotes, and qualitative information for a deeper understanding of their life, struggle, and ecological disasters on the fringe.

Publication Details

Published: 2011
Language: English and Bangla
Paperback: English 88 pages and Bangla 80 pages
Edited by: Philip Gain
Price: Tk.150 / US$5