· For the first time, A Rohingya has been identified COVID-19 positive on Thursday.
· 600 Rohingya families under the open sky after the fire in the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar
· U.S. President Donald Trump said he is eyeing ways to crack down on China as retribution for the way it handled the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
· The European Union insists coronavirus vaccine must be available to all nations
· United Kingdom national statement after Security Council closed VTC on Myanmar
· Monsoon season warns of a storm in northern Rakhine State
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Report: VOA News
Translator: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Preventing a silent crisis for Rohingya women and girls during COVID-19 pandemic | UNICEF Sources: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/preventing-silent-crisis-rohingya-women-and-girls-during-covid-19-pandemic
Summary: The Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar refugee camps are as worried about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as billions of other people around the world. So are Bangladeshi families living near the settlement, which is home to some 850,000 Rohingya refugees displaced from neighboring Myanmar. They worry that the health system in an already poor situation won’t be able to cope with a rapidly spreading virus. But while Bangladesh’s nationwide lockdown, which began in March, is bringing with it an all-too-familiar economic shock to already impoverished communities, for some refugees the request to stay home is causing anxiety that has little to do with COVID-19 itself. With many women and girls on lockdown, an increase in gender-based violence (GBV) – especially intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation and other abuse – is anticipated. “They came from a helpless situation and the lockdown is making them feel even more helpless,” says Shumi, who manages a Safe Space for Women and Girls in one of the Cox’s Bazar camps.
UNICEF supports 15 such Safe Spaces in the Cox’s Bazar District. Usually, the safe spaces offer protection services, such as group counselling, skills training, literacy sessions, psychosocial support and case management. The services are available for Rohingya and Bangladeshi women and girls who are vulnerable and/or are survivors of gender-based violence, trafficking, child marriage and other harmful practices. But the nationwide lockdown, and the closure of ‘non-essential’ services, has meant the Safe Space centres have had to be temporarily shuttered – at least the way they used to operate.
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Report: Mohammad Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Coronavirus COVID 19 hits in world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh and 2 positive cases have been confirmed.
Translation Summary: On 14th May 2020, Two Rohingya refugees from kutupalong Rohingya camp were found Covid 19 positive. Dr. Toha Vhuiyan, the health coordinator of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission confirmed to the media. BBC Bangla and some other online news portal published the news on their website. https://www.bbc.com/bengali/news-52659274
Among the two Covid 19 positive patients one is living in Kutupalong registered camp and other one is living in kutuplaong camp 1 west. They were taken to the isolation center.
VOA talked to two Rohingyas who are staying in these respective camps for clarification. 22 years old Mohammad Younus said,” I have heard that a child from registered camp was suspected as Pneumonia patient who is now tested COVID 19 positive”.
Younus is now fearing whether this would hit hard in the sprawling camp. “This camp is full of people and very congested, we are now afraid of this because shelters are congested in one place. We need to be aware as much as we can”.
Dil Mohammad, 65 years old currently lives in kutuplaong camp 1 West where another COV