Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
Explaining UN high court’s order for Myanmar to stop genocidal actions against Rohingyas
● UN Secretary-General welcomes ICJ ruling on Myanmar genocide case
● Bangladesh foreign minister praises ICJ decision
● Myanmar’s foreign minister notes ruling, denies attempted genocide against Rohingya
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: How do Rohingya youths in Kutupalong camp spend their time?
Translation summary: Children age 17 and younger account for just over half of the people living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Many attend learning centers.
One is Mohammad Rahim, 17, who lives in Camp 2 and comes from Hasar Bill village in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township. He attends a Camp 6 learning center operated by the Norwegian Refugee Council, studying a Burmese curriculum from 8 to 11 a.m. every school day. He started coming a year ago. “In Myanmar, I completed grade 7,” he said. “Because of a long gap in my education, I forgot many things. Therefore, I started again from the beginning and now I am in level 4.”
Rahim worries that he and other youth aren’t getting adequate formal schooling. “We won’t be successful unless we have a proper education,” he said. “Besides, there are not enough jobs here for us to manage family.”
Rohingya refugees face restrictions on work, though some earn money through farming, day labor or service with NGOs.
Rahim says young people spend time playing “different games like football, basketball, cards and so on. I don’t know how to play card, but my friends do,” Rahim said. He explained that they make playing cards from cut-up cigarette packs or other cardboard. “We play to feel happy, because we have nothing much else to do here in the camp.”
2-way: Co-host Hussain in studio with stringers Mohammed Idris Abdullah and Mohammed Rukon Uddin from Cox’s Bazar
Topic: Rohingya refugee camp reactions to ICJ’s order for provisional measures.
Translation summary: After the ICJ announced Thursday that it would require Myanmar’s government to take measures to protect Rohingyas who remain in the country, forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps and settlements cheered.
Molana Saiful Islam came to Bangladesh in 1992 from Tombazar, a village in Buthidaung, Myanmar. Now 31, he’s an imam living with his family in Kutupalong’s Block C. He’s pleased that the 17 judges on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously approved an order requiring Myanmar to take at least four measures to protect Rohingyas who remain in the country. The government must prevent genocidal acts against Rohingyas; preserve evidence of any atrocities, and more.
But he, as well as some other refugees, also sounded somber. Before the ICJ ruling, some believed they might return quickly – even within days. But with Myanmar required to report its progress in four months, and in six-month increments after that, there’s also a recognition that repatriation could be a long time coming.