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Rohingya Broadcast 03.18.2020


Rohingya Broadcast 03.18.2020
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News headlines · WHO warns Southeast Asian nations about coronavirus · Saudi Arabia suspends prayers at mosques over coronavirus · As US virus death toll passes 108, Trump administration mulls economic aid for Americans · Myanmar’s ruling NLD votes down bill on ethnic chief ministers · Burmese army withdraws lawsuit against Irrawaddy and Reuters news agencies Shortwave, 31-meter band 9310 kHz 25-meter band, 11570 kHz, 12030 kHz. Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar) Topic: Action Against Hunger program treats malnourished children in Rohingya camps Translation summary: Sabiza Yesmin is deputy program manager for Action Against Hunger, an organization running five nutrition stabilization centers in the Rohingya camps of Cox’s Bazar. VOA met with her at a Balukhali Camp 1 center. Yesmin said the centers provide around-the-clock care for roughly 30 to 40 children at any given time. They take care of malnourished infants who having trouble gaining weight. Their mothers are able to stay with the youngsters, and fathers can visit. Rahena Begum said her 7-month-old daughter, Afsana, suffered from diarrhea and pneumonia – but improved after she was admitted to the stabilization center. Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar) Topic: Tree-planting projects aim to address deforestation in Rohingya camps. Translation summary: When Rohingyas surged into Cox’s Bazar fleeing violence in Myanmar, they took down trees to make space and provide materials for shelters. But that destabilized the hilly, sandy ground and reduced the tree canopy that provides shade and relief from summer heat. To mitigate those problems, reforestation projects have begun in collaboration among the Bangladesh government, UN agencies and partners represented in the advisory Energy and Environment Technical Working Group. Last year, they aimed to plant enough young trees, or saplings, to cover 202 hectares or 500 acres. “The reforestation – which 20 UN agencies and NGOs, alongside the government of Bangladesh and refugees themselves are doing – will rejuvenate the area and restore the land and habitats,” said Todd Wofchuck, the working group’s coordinator. Abdul Majed, a 40-year-old Kutupalong resident, said he planted some trees around his shelter to provide shade. “We faced difficulties initially when the whole camp were deforested,” he said. But Abdur Rashid, a 27-year-old in Kutupalong Camp 3, said overcrowding left little room for new trees. And when saplings are planted, “people are always moving everywhere, so those plants can’t survive.”

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