Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: A forcibly displaced Rohingya woman living in Kutupalong Camp 2 seeks her husband’s release from Myanmar’s Buthidaung detention center, where he was jailed after violence in Rakhine state in October 2016.
Translation summary: With her husband jailed for several years in Myanmar, Nur Jahan is trapped in despair. She sought out a VOA journalist visiting Kutupalong’s Camp 2 earlier this week to share her family’s troubles and hope someone might provide help.
Nur Jahan lived with her family in Jambuinna, a community in Maungdaw township. Now 40, she described scenes of chaos that October. She teared up as she spoke, sometimes breaking into sobs.
“I saw the military was firing on Rohingyas and burning houses. They threw people into the fire,” she said. She and her husband, Abdus Salam, hid in a rice field with their three children. “But they found us and shot my 12-year-old daughter. They took my husband and beat him fiercely in front of us. Later on, they took him with them.”
[VOA could not independently confirm her account, but it is consistent with testimony collected by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner from victims and witnesses of events in northern Rakhine state at the time. A New York Times story that October had reported on increased conflict in the area after nine police officers were killed in an attack on a guard post near the border with Bangladesh. The Times interviewed a Rakhine government spokesman, who “disputed accounts of human rights violations. Reports of soldiers and border police officers killing and terrorizing villagers were untrue,” it said.]
Nur Jahan didn’t know where her husband was taken.
“I was there in the muddy rice field for five days with my 10-month-old son and 5-year-old daughter,” she said. “… My children were crying for food and I had nothing to give them. I fed my son muddy water from the field. Later on, people helped me to cross the border.”
Safely in Bangladesh, she eventually learned that her husband had been taken to the Buthidaung detention center. “I always tried to find a way to talk to him,” she said. She finally was able to do so in a 15-minute phone call during Ramadan last spring, after she paid someone 3,000 takas, or $35. During their call, “my husband said he was given a 16-year jail sentence for no reason.” Abdus Salam now is 50 years old.
Nur Jahan said she and the couple’s two children depend on food rations and other aid in the camp: “Here I am, a woman taking care of my family alone. It is difficult for me.”
She asked for help seeking Abdus Salam’s release on humanitarian grounds.
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Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: Concerns about landslides in Rohingya refugee camps
Translations summary: Months ahead of the rainy season, which stretches from April through October in Bangladesh, Jahangir Alam already is worried.
Alam lives with his relatives in Cox’s Bazar’s Balukhali Camp 1, where at least some parts are built on steep hills. He says he has witnessed at least two deadly landslide