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Rohingya Broadcast 01.21.2020


Rohingya Broadcast 01.21.2020
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News headlines: Author and artist: Sami Ahmed ● World Health Organization calls emergency meeting on coronavirus outbreak in China ● Myanmar government-appointed panel finds no evidence of 'genocide' against Rohingyas, as top UN court prepares to rule Thursday on whether to order protective measures ● New Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh says Japan will assist on resolving Rohingya crisis ● UN special rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar continues visit in Bangladesh Shortwave, 31-meter band 9310 kHz 25-meter band 11570 kHz, 12030 kHz News report: Mohammed Hussain (co-host) Topic: Interview with Anuwar Kasim, founding director of the Burmese Rohingya Community of Wisconsin. News report: Mohammed Hussain (co-host) Topic: Interview with Anuwar Kasim, founding director of the Burmese Rohingya Community of Wisconsin. Summary: Almost 9,000 Rohingya refugees have been resettled in the United States since 2002, with most arriving since 2015. Rohingya communities of at least 100 households are in scattered locations across America, including: in New York; Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, cities in the Midwestern state of Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; northern Texas; and Portland, in the northwestern state of Oregon. We’ll explore those communities in future “Lifeline” programs. Today, we focus on one of the biggest Rohingya communities: in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The upper Midwestern city has two groups: the Rohingya American Society in Milwaukee, which works on policy and legislation, and the Burmese Rohingya Community of Wisconsin. We start our diaspora series with the second group, which aids Burmese and Rohingya refugees with interpretation, literacy training; workforce development; and more. VOA’s Mohammed Hussain spoke the nonprofit group’s founding director and lead translator, Anuwar Kasim. Andrew Trumbull, administrative director, also shared information. Kasim has a degree from Myanmar’s Yezin Agricultural University and broad experience as an interpreter, including for the United Nations. He fled to Malaysia and eventually resettled in Milwaukee in 2015, where he’s a medical interpreter at a local hospital. Rohingyas have been Wisconsin’s top arriving refugee group for at least a decade. Kasim estimates southeastern Wisconsin has at least 700 households. He said Rohingya Muslims appreciate the area’s access to mosques, schools and job prospects. Asked how Rohingyas in Wisconsin help those who have been forcibly displaced and remain in Asia, Kasim said individuals support families and friends by sending remittances. They also demonstrated when Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed the International Criminal Court last month to defend her country against genocide charges. (Bridge) … 2-way report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer) Topic: Refugee camps face hygiene and sanitation challenges. Translation summary: With roughly a million people crowded into Cox’s Bazar camps, garbage and waste pose a health threat. Poor sanitation brings risk of water-borne diseases. In Camp 1, 40-year-old Mohammad Hamid complained, “The camp is not clean at all. … Garbage is everywhere,” though he said it usually gets picked up twice a week. With poor sanitation, “bugs are everywhere and bite us.” Mohammad Ekram, 55, settled in Camp 1 in late 2017: “We built our house in a place where garbage is everywhere. That creates mosquitos and produces bad smells, making it very difficult for us to live here.” Governments and NGOs dispense information and products to improve cleanliness. Mohammad Yakub, 65, cited the International Organization for Migration and local aid provider Mukti have distributed soap, disinfectant and menstrual hygiene products. “Those NGOs also provide us regular counsel on how to make the area clean,”

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