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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: A Kutupalong Camp 2 community center offers information and fun.
Since at least September 2018, refugees in search of information have been able to turn to a library in Camp 2. The UN Refugee Agency and the firm Technical Assistance Inc. (TAI) partnered on the library and on the community center in which it is housed.
Musammat Shahnaz Parvin, a community center assistant, told VOA the library draws at 30 to 40 people a day, including boys and girls. They can read from a collection of books about general knowledge, medical science, English and Bangla literature, and more.
The community center also provides recreation. It has games such as table tennis, carom and chess. Children also can visit to skip rope or play with dolls.
Ola Mia visits the community center when he has free time after selling fish at a market. “I play different games that make me relax,” the 25-year-old told VOA. Without such outlets, he said, “youths like us will go in the wrong path.”
Report: Sabera Begum (stringer)
Topic: Too few water sources and bathrooms
Translation summary: Rabeya Begum came from Boli Bazar in Myanmar and now lives in Kutupalong Camp 2. She complains that there aren’t enough tube wells or toilet facilities for the population. The sites get crowded and people suffer.
2-way: Hussain in Washington with Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer) in Cox’s Bazar
Topic: A volunteer with Research, Training and Management International (RTMI) talks about health care.
Translation summary: Mohammed Ali lives with his relatives in Balukhali Camp 9 and volunteers at an RTMI health facility, one of nine serving the camp’s 25,000 forcibly displaced Rohingya residents.
Until he fled with his family to Cox’s Bazar in late 2016, Ali was a farmer living in Paway Chaung village in Myanmar’s Maundaw township. Since last September, he has served as one of RTMI’s community team members, each day visiting roughly 20 Rohingya patients at their respective homes. Ali, now 31, is responsible for checking on the health of pregnant women, children with disabilities, and others in need, he said. He noted that four other men and two women do the same in other designated parts of the camp. They face challenges, Ali said, because many chronically ill or disabled people live on steep hillsides beyond the reach of cars or ambulances.
For his efforts, Ali earns 1,200 takas or just over $14 a month, which he said cover some household expenses.