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Topic: Mohammad Ayas talks about his responsibilities as a majhi or representative for Balukhali Camp 1, Block 8-E.
Translation summary: Mohammad Ayas came to Bangladesh in late August 2017 from his home in the Kuanchiprawng area of Rakhine state’s Maungdaw township. Now 38 years old, he is the majhi for his block.
“I didn’t become a majhi by myself. People here in the camp know me and my background. Most of the people in my camp told me to take the responsibilities of a majhi,” said Ayas, who added that supporters said he would “serve them with justice.”
Representatives of NGOs “look to me for information,” asking for counts of people and shelters, Ayas said. His block, with 94 shelters, is home to “65 men and 186 women and around 20 children.”
More than two years after Cox’s Bazar’s migrant population surged, “some people still don’t have food cards,” Ayas said. “That causes some problem getting food. I need to solve that, telling respective NGOs the situation. I need to inform them that the person is a resident under my camp. I also need to inform the Camp-In-Charge” and, later, whether the problem has been resolved.
Ailing residents come to Ayas for advice on where to get health care. He advises them about hospitals and clinics – and, in emergencies, will arrange for an ambulance to transport the patient.
When problems arise in the camp, “my responsibility is to settle them” if they are small, Ayas said. He takes bigger problems to the Camp-In-Charge.
Among those bigger, unsettled problems: “Here in the camp … roads are all broken. … At night time, there are only two street lights. That can’t cover the whole block. Older people face trouble while using the roads at night.”
The biggest problems involve repatriation. “We are waiting here for a solution to our Rohingya problem,” Ayas said. “We want to go back [to Myanmar] as soon as our problem is solved.”
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Topic: Mohammed Zubair, a central member of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), discusses Rohingya National Day and Myanmar Independent Day, which took place last Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Translation summary: Rohingya National Day was Friday, but it couldn’t be celebrated freely in the camps – so Rohingyas prayed at every mosque there, said Zubair, who formerly taught at a government junior high school in Myanmar. Originally from Somboinna village in Maungdaw township, he came to Bangladesh in November 2017. Now, he lives with 10 family members at Lambashia Camp and works for the Rohingya community’s welfare as a member of ARSPH.
Zubair offered this history lesson: Rohingyas trace their roots in Burma to the year 700 AD, when they were known as Mohammedin. When Burma gained independence from Britain in 1948, it formed a parliament that included four representatives from the Rohingya community. The four appealed to Prime Minister U Nu to register Rohingya as an ethnic minority and to ensure their equal rights. On Jan. 3, 1954, the Rohingya were declared an indigenous nation of Burma. U Nu’s government also said they would have equal rights, just like any other ethnic minority of Burma.
The prime minister also ordered a special