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Report: VOA News
Translator: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: UN chief: Move Rohingyas on Bhashan Char to refugee camps Sources: https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/rohingya-crisis/2020/05/17/un-chief-move-rohingya-on-bhashan-char-to-refugee-camps
Summary: Hundreds of Rohingya rescued by Bangladesh and sent to Bhashan Char after being stranded at sea for weeks should be moved to existing refugee camps, the UN secretary general said. The appeal by Antonio Guterres to Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in a letter obtained on Sunday by AFP comes as concern grows over a coronavirus outbreak in the sprawling, crowded camps near the border with Myanmar.
The Rohingya were rescued in early May after floating adrift in the Bay of Bengal. Dhaka has said they were not sent on to the camps as authorities were afraid they might have Covid-19. Guterres said the 308 refugees on Bhashan Char should be moved to the camps after their quarantine time is completed. The foreign minister previously said the refugees would "most likely" have to live in the shelters on Bhashan Char until they return to Rakhine. Nearly one million Rohingya live in squalid camps in Cox's Bazar. Many fled Myanmar after a 2017 military crackdown.
Coronavirus PSA: Mohammad Rukon Uddin
Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Preliminary preparations at the Rohingya camp for protection from Cyclone Amphan.
Translation Summary: Mr. Mahbubul Alam is a case management volunteer of Community Development Centre (CODEC) situated in camp 1E, Kutupalong. He said they already formed a committee by the camp's Majji and Imams to deal with disaster. Rohingyas in the camp are being told to stock up on dried food. If the situation is bad, they should take shelter in the learning center inside the camp. They are also being told not to stay under any tree.
Mr. Shamsul Alam is (32) is a Volunteer of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). He is currently living in Jadimura, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp # 27, Block # B1. She said, they are going from house to house making people aware of Cyclone Amphan. People are being advised that they should keep their necessary documents carefully. He also said that the elderly people are being asked to go to a safe place first and they are being asked to store dried foods. He added if the Cyclone hits there will be a lot of loss of life in the camp as many of the houses here are old and weak.
Song: Rohingya Song