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Report: VOA News
Translator: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Havyarimana, a soap maker in Kenya Refugee camp lowers price to fight COVID-19.
(A story published in UNHCR website on 20th May 2020) Sources: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/stories/2020/5/5ebe4f4a4/soap-maker-kenya-refugee-camp-lowers-prices-fight-covid-19.html
Summary: When Innocent Havyarimana, a Burundian refugee, first heard hand washing was crucial in preventing coronavirus, he did something few businessmen would do – he lowered his prices. Others might have raised prices to increase profit, but his aim was to make his soap as accessible as possible, so he also boosted production. “Everyone needs soap. I decided to reduce the price so that everyone would be able to afford it,” he said. Coronavirus has left many people feeling helpless, but Havyarimana is an example of someone who saw an opportunity to make a difference and took it.
Refugees are playing an important role in prevention. In Kakuma, there are so many people doing something in the fight against COVID-19, whether it is mask making or spreading awareness,” said Kahin Ismail, the Senior Operations Manager for UNHCR in Kakuma.
Innocent is not only supplementing the supply of soap, he is also making and selling hand sanitizer with Aloevera which he has planted at his workshop and outside his house.
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Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Four Rohingya and a Deputy Team Leader(DTL) of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee(BRAC) concern about land sliding, damages in the toilets, wash rooms, bamboo bridges, and the shelters of Rohingya in the migrant camp.
Translation Summary: Abdul Hamid, Kori Mullah and Moni Ullah said that they live in Block-D of Kutupalong camp #07 with their family members where they work as a daily laborer in the migrant camp. They said that their shelters have been damaged because of strong wind and rain during Amphan cyclone but they are not capable of repairing and building their shelters through earning money in this lock-down of COVID-19 said Hamid.
A Deputy Team Leader of BRAC’s Mr Subash Chandra said that BRAC did assessment on Thursday from 9:00 am to 12: 45 PM and found that about 13 shelters were damaged totally and needed to be repaired fully and about one hundred shelters were damaged that needed partial repairs. Besides three to four toilets and two bamboo bridges are damaged which need to be repaired. Chandra also said that there are 18-22 families who were shifted to a place
which is not suitable for living. Chandra said that BRAC helps in emergency response that’s why it will try do a better way either to shift them to another place or support them as they need.
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