Bangladesh, Assistant High Commission in Manchester
I am a Bangladeshi but an UK resident. My husband is British, for my passport renewal and for my husband's visa we had to go to this High-Commission couple of times last few years. Last visit was October 2015. The place is so dirty and derelict even Syria doesn't look this bad. The moment you walk in after the pressing that broken door-bell - an overpowering toilet -smell welcomes you. The poster of the walls are ripped and torn and falling off the wall. They do not make any effort to make the place look a bit presentable. As a Bangladeshi One just want to hide their face in shame, my husband was trying to put together those posters, I just wanted to hide my face. When a non-Bangladeshi would step in there to get a visa to go to Bangladesh, to travel or to invest, the first thought would be on their mind 'This place is a s****h***'. First impression is the lasting Impression, my question is to the person who is in charge of that High -Commission: has no responsible to make that place to represent the Country a bit more better way? Don't you feel any embarrassment to hold such a prestigious post and at the same time The High- Commission which is the first impression of the country keep it so poorly and shambolic way? How do you get away with such irresponsibilty? This is 2016 when are we going to change? Is it too expensive to put some flowers or a clean carpet and a air-freshner and good quality blinds for a such a high -profile office? The people who works there I did not find them too efficient either. Other than the person who took the photograph for my passport, he was very polite and efficient then again he was a British-Bangladeshi. The other Bangladeshi staff are always talking in a rude manner with the Sylhetiis and other Bangladeshis as well. What is wrong with them? They should be happy to do a job which is in such a beautiful country what if they were posted in somewhere in Africa or Afghanistan / middle of nowhere. I never complaint about anything in life, I just let go everything over my head but there is a limit of how much one can take, most of us Bangladeshis never complaint about most of the things because they know it is such a waste of time! But I'm hoping someone will read this and take some notice. Because not all of us Bangladeshis are not savages. We do have a sense of beauty, we do have clean houses - we know arts - we are a country not only with poverty and power-cuts, some of us work hard to bring the country some sort of honour in every fields -like Science - Music - Education. We have Noble Prize winner as well. Please if you as a Bangladeshi or as an employee of this High-Commission try make a little difference for us Bangladeshis. A picture of Prime Minister or Father of The Nation doesn't tick all the boxes. I'm sure if our Prime Minister could only see the state of the place she herself would be mortified.