The Chakma language (Changma Vaj / Changma Kodha) is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language closely related to Bengali and spoken by about 600,000 people in parts of Bangladesh and India. About half the Chakma speakers live near Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh, while the rest can be found in the states of Mizoram, Assam, and Tripura in northeast India.
Chakma is written with an alphabet known as Chakma, Ajhā pāṭh or Ojhopath. It developed from the Brahmi script of ancient India.
These are our words, shaped
By our hands, our tools,
Our history. Lose them,
And we lose ourselves.
Beg manussun sadingori ekkei morjada ar odhikar lone loi jonmo on. Tarar bibek buddi bekkani age. Senotte bekkunelei dol sittoloi songoporana usit.
UDHR translation provided by Abu Saleh Mohammad Sultan
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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