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Report: VOA News read by Hamid Mohammed Hussain
Topic: Health experts tackle spread of coronavirus rumors among Rohingya refugees.
While COVID-19 infections can endanger health, so can misinformation. False rumors create mistrust, discouraging people from taking practical steps to protect themselves. Bangladesh government restrictions on telecommunications, implemented in September, make it harder for Rohingyas to access reliable information on their own. In the face of risk and uncertainty, the World Health Organization and Bangladesh health officials answer questions to dispel myths about the virus.
Report: Sabera Begum (stringer)
Topic: A Rohingya entrepreneur builds a business with wood.
Translation summary: In 2014, Mohammed Anwar completed a six-month training course in basic carpentry that has changed his life. The course, offered by Technical Assistance Inc. with funding from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), gave him new skills. The organization also provided him with a set of tools upon graduation. From that, he started a woodworking business. Now 28, Anwar has taught five other people and put them to work in his shop. One is 30-year-old Nazam Uddin, who specializes in varnish for cots, shelves and more. Most of the shop’s customers are local Bangladeshis, Anwar said, adding that he’s able to help his family. When he was young, his parents had brought him to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Maungdaw township.