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Lucy Helen gets long cherished BD citizenship

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Lucy Helen Frances Holt, the 88-year-old British missionary got her long cherished Bangladesh citizenship she was dreaming over the decades. She came to Bangladesh in 1960 and was serving rural communities at different places over the past 57 years.
Born in 1930 in England she came to then then East Pakistan and started as a primary school teacher at Oxford Mission in Barisal and never looked back ever since. She worked, Naogaon, Gopalgonj, Kurigram, and
Dhaka over the past years and she is still rendering services to the communities.
The Home Ministry honored her with the citizenship following a decision in an inter ministerial meeting on Monday acting on an application from her in recognition of her life long service to the people of Bangladesh.
M Habibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Barisal met Lucy Holt at the Oxford Mission church in the city with flowers and sweetmeats to convey her of the government decision.
An emotion choked Lucy in a simple reaction said her dream has come true and thanked the government of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in particular for the gesture.
Habibur Rahman said the citizenship certificate would be handed over to her any time before February 21 at a function befitting to the occasion.   
Earlier, Bangladesh government granted 15-year multiple entry visa with a fee waiver to Lucy Holt taking her special position in consideration.
During the Bangladesh war of independence in 1971 she served injured freedom fighters at a field hospital in Jessore.
After retirement in 2004, she has been working for the mentally retarded students at the Oxford Mission School and teaching English at the School.
Her last wish is that she be buried in Barisal after her death.

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