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Report: Hamid Hossain
Topic: Interview with Wakar Uddin, founder and chairman of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America
Translation summary: Uddin discusses the International Court of Justice’s order for Myanmar to take steps to protect the 600,000 Rohingyas remaining in the country, as well as other aspects of the ICJ case.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: The World Food Program (WFP) megastore offers broad food choices at competitive prices.
Translation summary: The WFP has several megastores in Cox’s Bazar’s refugee camps. Rohingya clients can use their electronic smartcards to buy local vendors’ fresh produce, live poultry and fish, in addition to rice, lentils, oil and more. ”I can buy whatever I want. … I’ll buy rice, oil, sugar, apples, flour, eggs and other items,” said Nur Fatema, shopping one afternoon at Moynar Ghona megastore. She lives in Balukhali camp with six relatives. Each household generally gets 840 takas per person loaded onto their smartcard every month. Fatema, who recently had a baby, said her account needs correcting: “We received money for six people.”
Each megastore area has a customer service counter to address concerns.
The megastore’s team leader, Anisul Haq, said children older than 6 months qualify as an individual. He said Fatema’s complaint would be addressed, and “soon her child will be registered.”
Program assistant Sharifa (Helen) Khanom said the megastore sets prices by analyzing local markets to protect against gouging customers and to give vendors a fair price. “We check whether our vendor are charging accordingly,” she said. Vendors can’t raise prices until they’ve sold out of stock at the earlier price.