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Topic: Several Rohingya IDPs talk about health issues in Cox’s Bazar settlements
Mojaffor Mia farmed in Myanmar and came to Bangladesh in 2017. Now he lives with 10 relatives. “There is no work to do in the camp. That's why we do nothing here,” he says, noting that crowded, unsanitary surroundings leave camp residents vulnerable to colds, fevers and other ailments.
His 14-year-old son, Abdu Alam, had a cut that required medical treatment. He went “many times” to a clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Majoffor Mia said, but the wound did not heal. The MSF doctor recommended that the boy seek treatment at a hospital in Cox’s Bazar, “but we can't go,” the father said, saying he lacked both money and permission from the Camp-in-Charge official.
Mohammad Ayoub came from Rakhine state to Bangladesh and now lives with five relatives in Camp 23 of Shamlapur, Ukhia, Cox's Bazar. He’s a community leader (Majee) of the camp. His daughters and sons study at madrassa and NGO-supported learning centers in the camp.
Ayoub said many camp residents report having eczema, diarrhea and even chronic diseases such as diabetes and get little more than the painkiller paracetamol. He suggested that no doctors are available in camp clinics. [MSF, just one of the organizations providing medical care for displaced people, could not be reached for comment before this broadcast. But MSF says on its website that it operates 10 health facilities, including three hospitals and four primary healthcare centers in Dhaka and in Cox’s Bazar. The HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh also operates field clinics in refugee camps.]
Monjur Rahman grew up in Myanmar’s Gora Hali village tract and studied at a government school. He came to Bangladesh in 2005 and now lives with three family members in Camp 23 of Shamlapur, Ukhia. He serves on the camp’s village development committee.
Rahman said Camp 23 has two clinics. One is operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the other by the International Rescue Committee.
Rahman said he has sent camp residents to get medical attention for complaints of respiratory or intestinal problems, “but there is no treatment in the clinic. … Rohingya are suffering much … without getting proper treatment.”
[IOM – the United Nation’s Migration Agency – reported in May that it had increased staffing to “45 doctors, 40 midwives, 31 nurses 45 doctors, 40 midwives, 31 nurses, as well as ambulance drivers and other ancillary staff working in both the camps and host communities.” It said it had provided more than 1 million patient consultations since August 2017.]
Topic: Visit to one of the 450 education centers run by the religious charity Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM). This one is in Cox’s Bazar’s Balukhali camp.
Translation summary: Mohammed Sadek, 20, was born and brought up in Yeen Chaung, a community in Buthidaung township. He attended a Myanmar government high school in Buthidaung. He came to Bangladesh with eight relatives. Now, he lives at Balukhali -1, Camp 8-A.
Sadek teaches Rohingya children at a learning center operated by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), a nongovernmental development organization. The center has one other teacher, a Bangla man. Sadek teaches Levels 2 and 3, with 28 and 17 students in each, respectively. Lessons in Level 2 are on Myanmar, English, mathemati