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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin
Topic: First Rohingya to recite Quran on radio shares his story
Translation summary: Alhaz Maulana Mufti Qari Mohammad Ershad Hussain, a prominent religious scholar, set a precedent by becoming the first Rohingya to recite the Quran on the radio. He did so from 1961 – when U Nu was serving as prime minister – through 1965.
Hussain was born in 1910 in Maungdaw Myanmar. He went to India for highest religious education and studied at Dewbond Madrasa from 1939 to 1947. He taught religious education in Sufia, Lokmania and Jamiya Forkaniya madrassas, among others. He was chosen to represent the Rohingya language on radio in 1961, when the U Nu administration gave almost every ethnic minority group a 15-minute program on Myanmar National Radio. Hussain continued that until 1965, when the Nei Wing government ended the practice. Ershar Hussain lives with his son, Rashid Hussain, in Balukhali Camp 1. The elder Hussain claims to be 110 years old.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah
Topic: Sanitation issues in Kutupalong Camp 2W
Translation summary: The aid groups Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED) and Action Against Hunger work to support clean water, hygiene and sanitation for the camp’s 26,000-plus residents. The camp averages 63 people per water point and 28 people per latrine, according to UNHCR data.
Abdu Salam, a 35-year-old forcibly displaced Myanmar national (FDMN) who has lived in Bangladesh since 2012, complained that the toilets are dirty. He said there were no women to clean them. He didn’t say whether any men were capable, but he acknowledged that SHED had provided cleaning supplies to maintain latrines and washrooms.
Ziaul Hoque Azad, a SHED program officer, said his organization has been supporting water, sanitation and hygiene projects (WASH). He noted that the Bangladesh aid organization BRAC plans to add new toilets in March and that six deep tube wells will be added, too. Azad said SHED has been campaigning to make everyone aware of the importance of washing hands – and of their personal responsibility for keeping keeping toilets and washrooms clean.