Dear Friend and Supporter of MF,
I am writing to you with a sense of absolute outrage regarding the events that have been unfolding in Bangladesh recently regarding Dr. Yunus and the Grameen Bank. The Bangladeshi government has been maliciously smearing his exemplary work and trying to bring down the institution that he has established in order to address the needs of millions of poor Bangladeshi women. I met Dr. Yunus in 1992, and was touched by his humility, his integrity and his ardent belief in finding institutional solutions to alleviate poverty and to build dignity amongst the poor of theworld. I am one of the fortunate ones who spent time with him and his team in Bangladesh in the mid 90s and truly experienced the miracle that he singlehandedly wrought across the length and breadth of Bangladesh's rural areas. He inspired me through his thoughts, his action and his words to start a small initiative in Pakistan along the lines of the Grameen Bank.
Over the years my respect and my admiration for his courage, his commitment and his compassion for humanity has only grown, and I cannot remain silent as I watch the way in which he is being treated in his country. We all know the ultimate losers will be the women of Bangladesh who have benefitted from Grameen's services over the past many decades. It is also very sad to realize that in today's world we cannot determine how we should treat our heros, our thought leaders, our pioneers, those who have selflessly dedicated their lives to pioneer ways to address the biggest global issues that plague us currently, that is, poverty and gender injustice. I would urge each one of you to join a global movement to express your opinion and support Dr. Yunus, the Grameen Bank and the poor women of Bangladesh at this trying time by clicking on the following websites:
Thank you for your support!