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· Chinese state media have accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of lying
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Report: VOA News
Translator: Mohammed Rukon Uddin
Topic: Stories of asylum seekers from another part of the world who are the victims of gangs in El Salvador. Sources: https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2020/4/5ea713024/death-threats-drive-refugees-flee-coronavirus-lockdown.html
Summary: Growing up in El Salvador, a country which has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America, Óscar has for years seen first-hand just how ruthless the criminal gangs that terrorize many areas can be. The concrete, targeted threats proved more frightening and potentially deadly than even the coronavirus. And so, he said, “I decided to go to Mexico.” He managed to get out of El Salvador ahead of a nationwide stay-at-home order that went into effect on 21 March and entered Mexico near the southwestern border town of Tapachula. There, Óscar was able to apply for refugee status, in part because the Mexican government considers registering asylum claims an essential activity. This means that the country’s refugee authority, known by its Spanish-language acronym, COMAR, has remained open during the pandemic, thus helping prevent the possible deportation of those, like Óscar, who are fleeing violence and persecution.
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Program Manager of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) expresses his concern for the irregularity in distributing non-food items to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar due to lockdown of COVID-19 pandemic.
Translation Summary: Rohim Ullah said that he worked as farmer in his village tract Yangchaung of Buthidaung township. 47 years old Ullah said that he came to Bangladesh after the influx of August 2017 to escape the persecution by Myanmar government. Now, he lives with his 06- family members at Block# F-30, Camp#018 of Balukhali#02. Ullah said that LPG gas or wooden is also important to cook rice and curry but they get it after 40 to 45 day which they used to get in 24 days before the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ullah also said that they used to collect woods or leaves of trees before the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown in the camp which they cannot do now.
Mr Karamot Ali, Program Manager of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDCS) said that BDRCS is always in frontline to help human beings in both natural and human disasters. BDRCS is also now in the frontline to help the persecuted Rohingya with the support of UNHCR while maintaining the rules of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) of the government of Bangladesh.
Ali said that there are (10) ten distribution points in the migrant’s camp where 300-350 staffs of BDRCS are providing LPG gas, bath soap, laundry soap and other non-foods items to the Rohingya since their coming from Myanmar . Now Ullah said that the BDRCS have been maintaining social distance, handwashing, wearing mask and other protective gears at the distribution points to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak with the support of UNHCR.