Challenges, uncertainty and hope mark the year for Bangladesh

A woman in a village near Chittagong, Bangladesh. Economic pressures in rural areas are forcing increasing numbers of people to leave and move to urban centers like Chittagong. (GSR photo/Chris Herlinger)

Dhaka, Bangladesh — A year that began with one kind of uncertainty is ending in another for one of the world's most strategic countries.

Strikes, school closings and street-protests led by the nation's opposition political party marked the start of 2015 for Bangladesh -- a wobbly and uncomfortable moment for those who experienced it, said Maryknoll Sr. Miriam Perlewitz, who is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh's teeming and crowded capital.

The year ends on a quieter note, though with security fears and growing worries that a predominately Islamic country founded on secular principles is facing threats of intolerance and Islamist-inspired violence.

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