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Co-hosts Ahmed and Hussain discuss:
- Drowning dangers. Why do forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh risk dangerous sea voyages to Malaysia? Sixteen people died Tuesday when boat capsized.
- Saudis’ rejection. Why is the Saudi government trying to send 42,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh?
- Myanmar’s government accused of new crackdown in northern Rakhine state, amid internet shutdown
2-way report: Co-host Hussain in Washington and Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer) in Cox’s Bazar
Topic: Wedding challenges in a Rohingya camp.
Translation summary: Rohingyas trying to marry face difficulty getting permission in Myanmar. Approval comes easier in southern Bangladesh camps and settlements, if the bride is at least 18 and the groom at least 21. Mohammed Zia and Taslima Begum married in December and live in Kutupalong Camp 7. He’s 23 and she is younger. In their arranged marriage, Zia said he did not want a dowry from his in-laws, but was provided with dishes, pots and other household items. Zia gave his wife gold for ornament. Arranged marriages are out of reach for some families too poor to come up with a dowry. But even those who marry don’t get much public fanfare: The camps lack halls suitable for a wedding party or reception.