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Bangladesh Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Topic: In Africa, COVID-19 crisis puts squeeze on millions who rely on remittances
Summary: When coronavirus began hitting Western economies, it hurt the economies of African countries, too – not only because of a loss in trade and tourism, but also due to a loss in remittances. Hundreds of thousands of African families depend on money sent home by relatives working in North America, Europe and elsewhere. The safety net for millions of people is now threatened, and some families fear for the worst. Fatuma Salah is a Somali national living at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The mother of six says she closely monitors any message that comes to her phone. “Each time I receive a message alert, I think it’s a money transfer to my account, but it's not. I was expecting to receive money from my family, it’s the 10th day of the month. I haven’t received anything yet,” she said. Salah depends financially on her mother and brother who live in the United States. But both have lost their jobs and are staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Narrated and translated by Hamid Hussain.
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Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Report: Child Friendly Spaces are closed due to Coronavirus and they can't play outside.
Summary: Md. Solikh (30) lives in camp # 12, block # C5. He was a resident of Sharaipara, Mungdaw, Myanmar. He came in Bangladesh in 2017 due to persecution of Burmese government. He said it is difficult to keep children at home during this lockdown. Madrassa and child friendly spaces (CFS) are closed, but parents spend time telling stories to children and those who have mobile phones are trying to keep the kids at home by showing them different videos on mobile. He also said that they are taking care to keep children clean and tidy but because of the density of people inside the camp, they are unable to maintain the social distance of the children as camps population is overcrowded.