Humayun Ahmed’s first public appearanceBdnews24.com . New York
Since being diagnosed with colon cancer, writer Humayun Ahmed made his first-ever public appearance at an Independence Day programme in New York on March 26.
The popular Bangladeshi author joined the programme with two paintings he completed as he underwent cancer treatment here since mid-September last year. The paintings are landscapes of Bangladeshi villages.
The Bangladesh mission at United Nations organised the function.
Humayun Ahmed, who was appointed senior special adviser to the Bangladesh mission after he flew to New York for treatment, gifted the paintings to Bangladesh’s permanent representative at UN Abdul Momen and Bangladesh consulate general in New York Sabbir Ahmed Chowdhury.
Foreign diplomats, UN officials and Bangladeshi expatriates in New York attending the programme inquired after the health of their favourite writer. Humayun’s wife Meher Afroz Shaon also attended the programme that began with cutting of a cake by 21 freedom fighters.
It is clear from a recent speech of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, that Bangladesh is making advances in all the development indices, said Naser Abdul Aziz Al Naser, president of the ongoing UN General Assembly.
Another programme was also arranged at Bangladesh embassy in Washington on the occasion of Independence Day, which was attended by officials from the US department of state, the World Bank and diplomats.
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