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November 10, 1997 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first 40 years of her life, Nurjahan never had a chance to reach out and touch someone. Indeed, the sari-draped goatherd and grocer confessed recently that she had never even seen a telephone. That's not unusual in Bangladesh. Until last summer, the poverty-racked country of 120 million--nearly half the U.S. population squeezed into an area the size of Wisconsin--had only about 400,000 phones, or one for every 300 people.
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November 10, 1997 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first 40 years of her life, Nurjahan never had a chance to reach out and touch someone. Indeed, the sari-draped goatherd and grocer confessed recently that she had never even seen a telephone. That's not unusual in Bangladesh. Until last summer, the poverty-racked country of 120 million--nearly half the U.S. population squeezed into an area the size of Wisconsin--had only about 400,000 phones, or one for every 300 people.
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