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5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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88-year-old Briton seeks Bangladeshi citizenship

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
88-year-old Briton seeks Bangladeshi citizenship

Lucy Helen Frances Holt, an 88-year-old British woman living in Barisal for the last 58 years, has sought Bangladeshi citizenship to spend the rest of her life here. She has recently applied to the secretary of the Security Service Division of the home ministry in this regard. The home ministry has already issued a GO (Government Order) to her to provide a gratis multiple-entry visa for the next 15 years. The Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) will issue the visa within a day or two. AHM Shafiquzzaman, joint secretary of the commerce ministry, is helping Lucy to get Bangladeshi citizenship and the gratis multiple-entry visa. He said Lucy cannot afford to pay Tk. 34,000 every year for renewal of the visa. "And that’s why, she has applied for Bangladeshi citizenship," he added.

In the letter sent to the secretary of the Security Service Division, Lucy said: “I’m serving Bangladesh and her people from 1960. During the time of the Liberation War, I had the option to leave Bangladesh, but I choose to serve the helpless and wounded people of Bangladesh in the war.”

“I came to the country to devote myself as a sister of the ‘Church of Bangladesh’ and served in that capacity for a long period. I have become really attached to this country and her people,” she mentioned in the letter.

“So, I want to live here for the rest of my life with the honour of being a Bangladeshi. That’s why I need the nationality of Bangladesh. But I live on pension from Britain; it is my only source of income. I can’t leave my British nationality. So, the only thing that can be helpful for me is duel nationality,” she said.

When contacted, senior regional consultant of Democratic International, Dipu Hafizur Rahman, a well-wisher of Lucy, told this correspondent that Lucy is now staying at a hostel of Oxford Mission, a century-old church in Barisal. “The deputy commissioner of Barisal has forwarded an application to the Ministry of Home Affairs for granting Bangladeshi citizenship to Lucy,” he said.

Lucy Holt was born in St Helens, England, on December 16, 1930.

 

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