Valerie Taylor spent her youth begging for us. I do not know how many times she had been refused or insulted, forced to stifle tears, had to return with empty hands and heavy heart from doors. She begged for the poor crippled people she took under her wings. She begged for some space to house her patients, she begged for funds for treatment and rehabilitation, she begged for empathy for the ill-fated human beings who were physically impaired and had none to go to other than Valerie.
Valerie Taylor came to Bangladesh in 1969. She had to leave Bangladesh when war broke out in 1971, but came back in mid-war to treat the affected people. From then on she devoted her life for physically impaired people, mostly from the poorest end of the spectrum, doing everything for them within and beyond the reach of Physiotherapy. She was granted the citizenship of Bangladesh in 1998. She adopted crippled children, she provided jobs for her patients who would have to depend on others’ mercy had there been no Valerie.
Valerie literally gave birth to CRP in 1979, and was given two cement stores in Sohrawardi Hospital to house her setup. It grew, thanks to her effort, to one of the biggest organization for physiotherapy in Asia, devoted to the poors in Bangladesh who can not walk for a couple of paces. People with injured backbone, impaired legs, numb body come crawling and limping to Valerie. Valeries heart rushes to people who could help, and often return crawling and limping, injured by the indifference.
Valerie Taylor treated thousands of bodies and hearts. As a reward to her contribution, she is literally being kicked out from the organization she built over the years.
Shafi Sami, an ex-bureaucrat of high profile, is now reported to be steering CRP to a direction of sophistication. Patients from now on would have to pay if they want themselves to be treated. Valerie A. Taylor has been exempted from any executive duty, had been stripped of any authority that could be asserted to guide the funds. CRP is becoming a place where poors are not welcome. Soon they will not be patients any more, they will only be poor people like the Prevalerian era.
I am ashamed of what has been being done to enfeeble Valerie, for snatching away the organization she built for sheer profiteering, for using her as an icon and then throwing her to the dumps.
I want to see Valerie Taylor taking charge of her brainchild. I want to see CRP as it were. I want to see the Borghee plunderers, who run this organization for milking out profits, relieved off their duty. Donors are requested to check the current status of CRP as a humanitarian organization.
Valerie Taylor is old, is tired, is being hounded by looting bureaucrats who draw a salary 33 times more than her, but she is not alone. We, the People, will stand in rank and file for her.