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Rohingya Broadcast 02.21.2020


Rohingya Broadcast 02.21.2020
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News headlines  Coronavirus infects hundreds in China’s prisons; guards fired  UN agencies and other agencies finalize $877 million in aid to the Rohingya  Myanmar arrests 49 Rohingya Muslims attempting to flee to Malaysia  US defense secretary announces 'understanding' between U.S. and Taliban Shortwave, 31-meter band 9310 kHz 25-meter band, 11570 kHz, 12030 kHz Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin Topic: With most Rohingyas living outside of Myanmar, some fear losing their mother tongue. Translation summary: On Friday, UNESCO celebrated International Mother Language Day, observed annually since 2000. It grew out of a Bangladeshi initiative. Aman Ullah, a Rohingya historian and blogger living in Bangladesh, talked with “Lifeline” about Rohingya language and its influences over centuries. He pointed out that most Rohingyas live outside of their traditional homeland in what is now northern Rakhine state. “Now, new generations in foreign lands are more comfortable” speaking the local language than Rohingya, Ullah said. He said family members should “motivate them to focus on our own language or culture.” He also recommended standardizing Rohingya writing to “preserve this language for the future.” Report: Sabera Begum Topic: Women-friendly space in Kutupalong Registered Camp Translation summary: A small building just off a busy road advertises itself as a UNHCR-sponsored women-friendly space. “Shanti Hana,” or “peace space,” opened last October to relieve hardships for Rohingya women and girls, according to supervisor Sharmin Sultana. It’s clean and calm, inviting relaxation and reflection. A common area allows for meeting, talking or playing board games such as carrom and ludo. Private areas are set up for praying or for breastfeeding. Women also can get information and counseling – about hygiene, menstruation, child development, child marriage and other things. “If they feel upset, they can come here and play, learn something, and maybe rest,” said Rubeya Akter, a Rohingya woman living in the camp. “If they have trouble on their mind, they can remove it.”

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