· China isn’t protecting Myanmar over Rohingya, diplomat says in Bangladesh
· Coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,873, with over 73,000 infected
· India summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan's remarks on Kashmir
· India blocks entry to British MP who leads Kashmir group
· Suicide blast kills 10 in Pakistan city of Quetta
· At least 23 Nigerian refugees killed in aid stampede in Niger
Shortwave, 31-meter band 9310 kHz
25-meter band, 11570 kHz, 12030 kHz
Report: Sabera Begum
Topic: Status of cookstove and LP gas distribution program
Translation summary: The influx of refugees into Cox’s Bazar district after August 2017 took an environmental toll, with trees and bamboo cleared to make space and supply materials for housing. That left the hilly area vulnerable to soil loss and mudslides. More trees were cleared for firewood. A UNHCR program for distributing cookstoves and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) aims to reduce environmental damage and provide “a cheaper, safer and more efficient and cleaner source of energy,” an agency fact sheet explains. By last Dec. 31, it said, 112,188 refugee households had gotten cooking kits and LPG.
In Kutupalong Registered Camp, Minara Begum now uses a gas stove to cook for her family of five. She says food cooks more quickly and, without smoke from wood fires, people aren’t getting sick with respiratory problems.
The program also assists households in host communities.
Consumers are required to have training in safe LPG use before they get cookstoves, says Athuno Acharji, who is in charge of Omera LPG gas distribution in Camp 7. The company began working on the project with UNHCR in late 2018. Acharji pointed out that LPG use has cut the need for firewood, protecting trees, and that UNHCR has supported tree planting around the camps.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah
Topic: Reducing conflicts between elephants and humans in Cox’s Bazar district
Topic summary: The Kutupalong-Balukhali megacamp mushroomed after August 2017 on forested hills and valleys – areas where Asian elephants long ago had developed a migratory corridor they followed in search of food and shelter. The sudden influx of humans and shelters blocked the elephants’ paths and led to conflict. Thirteen people died in clashes with elephants in 2018. Now, wildlife biologists and volunteers work to minimize conflicts to keep both humans and elephants safe. Supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the camps have Elephant Response Teams – roughly 600 volunteers who keep watch from 100 towers. Some 40 elephants live in the forests near the camp. If one wanders close, the response teams sound a warning and work together to drive it away.