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Topic: A Rohingya resident of Kutupalong Camp 7 misses his volunteer position with the Bangladesh Red Crescent and Red Cross, part of the humanitarian aid group International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Translation summary: Alim Ullah volunteered as a translator at an IFRC field hospital near Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazar. He held that position for almost two years beginning in October 2017, enabling communication between Bangla medical staff and Rohingyas in the outpatient department as well the reception area. He earned 6,000 takas, or almost $71, each month.
VOA spoke with the 23-year-old at his home in Camp 7, where he lives with six relatives. They came to Bangladesh after the surge of violence in Myanmar in August 2017. Ullah has been the only one in the family to earn money, he said, because his parents have health problems including diabetes and hypertension. When they all lived in Myanmar, he used to work at his father’s paddy field and shop in Myanmar because the government had denied him permission to attend college.
Ullah was the first Rohingya volunteer for the field hospital, he said, adding that 13 others were appointed to join the outpatient department in July 2018. The Norwegian and Finnish Red Cross groups appointed many Rohingyas for outreach, Ullah said, but they lost those positions last September because of budgetary reasons. VOA visited the hospital to find out more but was unable to reach a spokesperson for the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.
When he was earning money, Ullah said, he could buy medicine for his parents as well as fish, meat and vegetables for the household. He added that rations from the World Food Program are insufficient for their family.
Ullah said he’s thankful to Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas and to other governments and NGOs for providing aid. But he complained that Rohingyas face difficulties: They can’t leave their camps without permission, they don’t have much access to internet communications, and they don’t have the same liberties as Bangladeshi. He hopes the Bangladesh government and international actors will allow Rohingyas access to jobs suited to their abilities.
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Topic: Some housing in the Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps has fallen into disrepair, after being hastily built for hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who fled Myanmar in August 2017.
Summary: Mohammad Yasin and Mohammad Amin both came from Myanmar’s Maungdaw township and now live with their respective families in Camp 2. They said their homes – constructed of bamboo, tarpaulin and rope – are falling apart because no repairs have been done. The housing also is tiny and increasingly cramped as families grow. They humbly request that authorities repair weak shelters and relocate larger families to bigger homes.
Yasin is 65 years old. When he arrived at Kutupalong, he received a few small and medium sticks of bamboo, plus the tarp and rope. But the structure is weakening day by day, he said, with insects eating away at the materials.
Another concern is landslides. His family’s shelter is in a hilly area.