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Report: VOA News
Topic: Bangladesh urged to lift telecom ban on Rohingya camps to ease covid-19 risks.
Summary: Fearing the devastation that coronavirus could wreak in refugee camps, a group of 50 humanitarian and advocacy organizations sent an open letter Thursday appealing to Bangladesh’s government to lift its telecommunications restrictions on Rohingya refugee settlements. The letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also called for a halt to putting up barbed-wire fencing around the 34 camps in the country’s southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar, where an estimated 850,000 Rohingyas live. Translated and narrated by Mohamed Hussain.
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Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: A Rohingya camp dweller tries to connect with her mother in Maungdaw township.
Translation summary: The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments’ restrictions on communications in Rohingya settlements have added to people’s hardships. Formin, who goes by a single name, lives in Thaingkhali Camp 12. She fled Myanmar’s Maungdaw township in September 2017 to escape military-sanctioned violence – but her mother and 12 siblings remain in the township’s community of Haarie Para. Now, 23-year-old Formin wants to send word to her mother that she has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a dangerous liver disease caused by a virus. Formin also wants to urge her mother and family to practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of novel coronavirus infection. Formin is a community health volunteer with the Christian international relief group Food for the Hungry.