Shahed Kayes started the Subornogram Foundation to provide education for children of fisherfolk communities in Bangladesh who live on the islands in the river. When their home lands were threatened by illegal sand mining, he organized the fight against it, getting new regulations passed. Then the sand miners tried to kill him.

“So this is the first thing they did: they tried to harass us with false cases. The second thing they did was they tried to buy us. They offered our people big money if we stopped our protests. When I and our people denied their offers, they decided to kill me,” he says in this interview with Bombs + Dollars host Mitchell Blatt.

Kayes talks about the problems caused by illegal sand mining, corruption in Bangladesh, and, now that he is working for human rights in South Korea, the Gwangju Uprising of 1980, when citizens took up weapons to defend themselves against the military that had been sent to suppress their protests against martial law.

Note: This is just the audio version for the podcast. Read the transcript of the interview here: