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Topic: A Rohingya volunteer for the Danish Refugee Council talks about leading a site management support team at Balukhali, a camp in Cox’s Bazar.
Translation summary: Back home in Al-Lay village in Myanmar’s Maungdaw district, Mohamaed Zubair taught Rohingya students. But he and seven family members left as part of the exodus from Rakhine state in August 2017. Now he and his relatives live in Balukhali Camp 1, where he’s a team manager of site management support for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). He’s the only one in his family who is making money, earning 800 takas ($9.44) every workday to go toward household expenses.
The DRC site management team cooperates with the Camp-In-Charge in supporting groups that provide education, food distribution, health care, infrastructure, sanitation and security, Zubair said. His main responsibilities involve taking attendance of the Disaster Management Unit and meeting with camp residents and aid groups to address concerns.
He said residents in his area are satisfied with site management volunteers, who also are Rohingyas and so understand the challenges.
Sanitation issues are common, involving problems with tube wells, toilets, washrooms and drains. When problems arise, the site management volunteers alert the appropriate organization for repairs.
But the camp residents’ biggest concerns involve education and health and are not so easy to fix.
Rohingyas want more schooling than the primary education offered at learning centers. They also want better health care treatment at camp clinics, Zubair said, insisting that people are suffering.
While he’s grateful to Bangladesh for sheltering displaced people, Zubair said they’re living like animals of the mountains. They have limited movement and limited options, much as they did while under pressure by Myanmar’s government.
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Topic: Three Rohingya men displaced from Rakhine state’s Maungdaw district discuss life there and their experiences in southeastern Bangladesh’s sprawling Kutupalong camp.
Translation summary: Anwar Islam is a 28-year-old Rohingya living in Kutupalong Camp 2. He came to Bangladesh in 2017 after fleeing his home in Maungdaw, following the Myanmar’s government’s August 2017 “clearance operations” that it said targeted terrorists. More than 700,000 Rohingyas surged into southeastern Bangladesh, joining others who’d sought refuge there since the early 1990s.
“We have been staying here in the camp against the will. As you have seen, around 1 million Rohingyas left their country and took shelter here. That’s a huge amount of people that the Bangladesh government allowed to stay and we really appreciate for that,” An said. “We already know that many people of Bangladesh also live in poverty,” making the country’s hospitality all the more commendable.
Though Anwar Islam said that camp conditions are “unsatisfactory” – with overcrowding and limited sanitation facilities, for instance – “as refugees we can’t expect better.” The displaced people are “trying to live peacefully.”
“We really want to go back, that is true,” he said. But he added that Rohingyas don’t want to face constraints previously imposed by Myanmar’s government, including restrictions on their movement, work, education and marriage.
“We don’t want to stay the