Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
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2-way report: Co-host Sami Ahmed with Razia Sultana from The Hague
Topic: On Thursday, the UN’s International Court of Justice announced its decision to impose provision measures on Myanmar to protect ethnic Rohingya Muslims.
Sultana, coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition and also a director of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization’s women’s section, was at The Hague for the ICJ ruling. She explained that the court ordered several provisions requested by the Gambia in its lawsuit against Myanmar. The country’s government must: prevent acts contributing to genocide; ensure that its military does not commit or plan acts of genocide against Rohingya; preserve all evidence of crimes, such as mass graves; and facilitate the Rohingyas’ repatriation to Rakhine state.
“Alhamdulillah,” Sultana said, thanking God. “This is just the beginning of a historic journey for the Rohingyas.”
VOA Bangla Service’s Tahira Kibriya arranged the interview while reporting from The Hague.
2-way report: Mohammed Hussain (co-host) with Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: Reactions from Rohingyas in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar.
Translation summary: At sunrise, Rohingyas in camp mosques prayed for a favorable ICJ ruling – and cheered hours later when they got it.
Mohammad Nurullah, 39, came from Maungdaw township in Rakhine state and now lives in Camp 18. “We are praying for Gambia and also for UNHCR for its continuous support of us,” he said of the UN Refugee Agency. “We also prayed for our early and safe repatriation.”
“We have seen a positive outcome from this decision,” said Mohammad Zubair, a Kutupalong resident and member of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, an advocacy group. At home with roughly a dozen other people listening to live coverage of the court proceedings, he told VOA, “Myanmar’s government can’t deny what happened to the Rohingyas.”
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (dtringer)
Topic: What conflict resolution looks like at a refugee camp
Translation summary: Camp 18 of the Kutupalong-Balukhali is home to roughly 30,000 Rohingyas – and, like other refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar – terribly crowded. Stressful living conditions breed conflict, observed Hafez Mohammed Nurullah, a 39-year-old who came from Yaung Chaung village in Myanmar’s Buthidaung township and taught at a madrasa.
Conflict can break out while people wait to draw water from tube wells or to get food rations, he said. But if quarrels develop, local leaders or camp elders provide counsel.
Rahmat Ullah lives in the camp’s Block K. He was a farmer in Buthidaung township until fleeing in 2017; now, at age 49, has been a majee or block leader for almost two years and head majee for the last three months. He sees family feuds when the food runs low, and he sees children squabble because they have few places to play and burn off energy. If squabblers don’t take advice from him or elders, he’ll refer them to the Camp-in-Charge.
Nabin Shuna is the female majee for Block D. She came from a Maungdaw village in 1992 and lives with nine relatives, including sons and daughters who study at NGO-run schools. She tries to settle fights that break out among children or among people who live near drains and have to deal with a lot of pedestrian traffic and dirt. She investigates complaints and interviews witnesses. If she can’t fix things, she i