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Report: Sabera Begum
Topic: A father in a Rohingya camp sends a message to his daughter in Myanmar.
Translation summary: Abu Kalam was chairman of his area in Lambuguna, in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township, until violence forced him to leave for Bangladesh in September 2017. He and his family have found refuge in Balukhali Camp 12.
The 65-year-old has four sons and two daughters – but one daughter remains in Myanmar, out of touch because of government restrictions on phone and internet. Kalam seeks help in reconnecting with daughter Israt Bibi, 32, who is married to Maulavi Harun. He believes they live in Maungdaw township’s Doliya Para community. Kalam wants to reassure Bibi that her parents are in good condition. Though both elders have been diagnosed with diabetes, Kalam says, “We are taking care of ourselves as much as we can.”
2-way with Mohammed Idris Abdullah
Topic: Two shopkeepers in Kutupalong Camp 1-W talk about their businesses. Translation summary: When he lived in Myanmar, Mohammad Solim had a taxi and truck-rental business that brought in 100,000 to 120,000 Burmese kyats (roughly $77 to $92) a day. But that income disappeared when Solim fled his village – Bolibazar in Maungdaw township – in August 2017. He found shelter with his wife and two other family members in Kutupalong 1-W. Now 35, he rents a storefront there, selling bananas, dried fish, biscuits, water and other items. He makes much, much less.
Abdu Rahim, 45, farmed near Maungdaw township’s Kammauk-Saik village before escaping to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. He also changed religions in the move, converting from Hinduism to Islam. With help from other Muslims, he rented a storefront to sell bread, tea, betel leaves and other goods to supplement aid to his household of four.
Both men are striving to improve their circumstances while Rohingyas await repatriation.