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Report: Sabera Begum
Topic: Some women are accepting family planning at a Rohingya camp.
Translation summary: Mukaroma, a 23-year-old woman who goes by one name, has lived in Balukhali Camp 2 since escaping with her husband from Maungdaw township in August 27. They have two children, ages 6 and 1. Mukaroma wants to limit childbearing, at least for now, to better care for them, her husband and other relatives, she says. She has taken contraceptives by injection and in pill form.
Those are the most popular forms of contraception, says Nahar Khatun, a 28-year-old paramedic in primary health care.
Web extra: Roughly 60 babies are born each day in the 34 camps of southeastern Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, the UN has reported. Almost all Rohingyas are Muslims. The Washington-based Pew Research Center points out that Muslim women have more children than members of most other religious groups – an average of 2.9, more than Christian women, the next group, averaging 2.6 children.
2-way report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah
Topic: Mosques and madrasses show signs of wear in Kutpalong 1W.
Translation summary: Hashim Ullah, a 32-year-old imam, says mosques and madrassas built during the 2017 influx are beginning to break down. That’s making it harder for people to practice their faith, said Ullah, who earns up to 3,000 takas, or just over $35, a month for his services. Local Bangladeshi Muslims helped set up the structures, joining Rohingyas in pouring cement floors, erecting bamboo frames and tarpaulin roofing, Ullah said. But now restrictions keep many local people from entering the camps and offering help with repairs.