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Report: VOA News
Topic: Coronavirus concern grows for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Summary: Concern is growing about a possible outbreak of the new coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. Officials warn that containing the disease among the more than 1 million Rohingya refugees will be extremely difficult. About 40,000 people per square kilometer live in overcrowded camps, in a density much greater than elsewhere in Bangladesh. As many as 12 people live in a single bamboo-and-plastic shelter averaging barely 10 square meters. No infections have been reported in the camps yet, but officials remain concerned. The United Nations is not doing any testing for the virus but sends suspected cases to a government hospital. Translated and narrated by Hamid Hussain.
Coronavirus PSA: Mohammad Rukon Uddin
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Pandemic alters how Rohingya youth spend their free time.
Translation summary: Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is almost impossible in Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps, with 40,000 people per square kilometer. While youngsters used to spend free time playing games inside and outdoors, that has changed. Mohammad Shafiq, a 22-year-old in Kutupalong Camp 3, said fewer youths are playing outside, because the camp-in-charge does not permit groups of more than five. “I still play caneball because it requires only four people and each player maintains a distance,” he said. The few who have working mobile or other devices use those to watch movies, Shafiq added. “Imams from mosques also made announcements by mic” urging parents to involve children in activities at home.
But with warm weather, it’s too hot to spend much time inside small shelters, many of the displaced people say. So many Rohingyas go outside searching for cooler air.