Mohammed Shamuz Miah (Burnley, UK)
Shamuz has close relationships with his family in Bangladesh, and also still sees Bangladesh as his homeland:
We still send money to Bangladesh. If we wanted to say goodbye to Bangladesh we would not send money. But we send millions because we want our money to go to Bangladesh, for the development of Bangladesh. There is a saying that while you stand in front of your mother, you will not understand her value, and when you go a distance away from your mother, you realise what she is worth. When we were in Bangladesh, we did not understand it; now, when we are in a foreign country, every one of us understands the difference between our own and another's country.
In earlier times, the community would return bodies for burial in Bangladesh. However this has changed:
Some corpses are still sent to Bangladesh. Up until '75, all of them were sent back. At that time it was felt that everybody had a father, mother, brother, sister or other relatives there who would want to see his face for the last time. We even collected donations to send the bodies back. We felt it was our responsibility. Gradually this urgency has gone - for several reasons. Religious people would say: it is better to take the dead body to the graveyard as early as possible and it should be put into the nearest place. Or in many cases, the parents live in this country or have already died. Only his other relatives are there. So there is no urgent reason to send him to Bangladesh. Nowadays, too, there is a graveyard nearby.