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Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: A former volunteer with a medical charity in Kutupalong Camp 7 seeks paid work opportunities for himself and other Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.
Translation summary: Seven groups operate health centers in Camp 7, aiming to serve roughly 40,000 Rohingyas packed into the camp on Kutupalong’s eastern border.
Mohammed Ayoub volunteered with one of those groups – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders) – for two years ending on Dec. 31. He served in two capacities with the medical aid group: by going door to door to survey people and collect data, and also by promoting good health as a community mobilizer. He explained how diseases develop and how to prevent or treat them.
For his services, the 28-year-old earned 7,000 takas or $82 a month – money he used to help support his family. Ayoub lives with 10 relatives in Camp 7, where his three brothers and two sisters study at learning centers. The family came from Gora Khali village in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township during the exodus of late August 2017. Ayoub had taught at a government primary school in the village.
Ayoub just wants a chance to work and earn money – a goal he seeks for himself and for other Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar camps.
Other health care providers in the camp include BRAC, Friendship, Mukti, SKUS, FH/MTI and PHD.
2-way: Co-host Hussain in studio with Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer) in Cox’s Bazar
Topic: How Rohingyas are pressing for more education in refugee camps.
Translation summary: Rohingyas faced limits on formal, recognized education in Myanmar, and they have encountered restrictions as refugees in Bangladesh, too. The Bangladeshi government prohibits Rohingya refugees’ access to Bangla schools or its curriculum, on the grounds that they will go back to Myanmar. Meanwhile, youngsters ages 6 to 14 can attend learning centers that offer classes in English, Burmese, math and life skills. Some attend unofficial Islamic schools or madrasas.
Secondary education is not provided in the camps.
“There are no facilities for education beyond 14 years old,” said Mohammad Yunus, a 24-year-old Kutupalong resident. He noted that people with limited education have less opportunity for work and for general advancement. He pointed out that most girls “stay at home and look after their families.” Only the few who have been educated can volunteer with an NGO.
Mohammad al-Amin, technical officer of education for the NGO Mukti, observed, “Some NGOs have activities where adolescents get chances to participate, but those are not sufficient.”
Faced with limits, Rohingya parents and youths have taken their concerns to various camps in charge but have not gotten satisfactory responses. As an alternative, some have organized private schools or found tutors.
Abdur Rashid lives in Kutupalong Camp 3, where just over a third of youngsters age 6 to 14 are enrolled in learning spaces, according to UN data. “The learning centers provide very basic education,” said the 27-year-old, who, with several others, are setting up a private education center so “youth will have the chance to get a high school education.”
Rashid said they have asked local UN personnel to press for