Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Friday, June 12, 2020
MC & News: Hamid Hussain, Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06122020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, June 12, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· Bangladesh urged to lift Rohingya internet ban as Covid-19 rumors swirl
· Trump says campaign rallies to resume, Oklahoma likely first
· U.S. coronavirus cases now over 2 million: Reuters tally
· Earlier coronavirus second wave feared in Europe after mass protests
· U.S praises the work of the Gambia on the Rohingya issue
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 5:00 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Malaysia detains nearly 270 Rohingyas seeking entry by boat and Bangladesh denies receive those Rohingyas back.
Summary: Malaysia on Monday detained 269 Rohingya migrants when they tried to enter the country on a damaged boat off the holiday island of Langkawi, authorities said. The Southeast Asian country, which does not recognize refugee status, has been a favored destination for ethnic Rohingya who fled a 2017 military-led crackdown in Myanmar .
Acting on a tip-off received a day before, Malaysian authorities intercepted a boat ferrying the Rohingya in the pre-dawn hours of Monday off Langkawi off the northwestern corner of the Malaysian peninsula. “An inspection of their boat found 216 Rohingya migrants and the body of one female illegal immigrant. Further inspections found that the boat was deliberately damaged..., making it unfit to be turned back,” Malaysia’s National Task Force on border patrol said in a statement. Before the boat was intercepted, 53 migrants had jumped into the sea in an attempt to evade arrest, the statement said, but were detained by the Malaysian coast guard once they reached shore.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:16 minutes
Topic: A Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) Rohingya wants to communicate with his Relatives who live in Arakan, Burma
Translation Summary: Mohammed Rafique said that he did business in his village tract Pongdaw Prang village tract of Buthidaung Township and he lives with his family in the migrant camp #08 East of Balukhali after coming to Bangladesh due to the military crackdown of August 2017. 35- Years old Rafique said that he has got 5 five brothers and three sisters. But none of his brothers, sisters and his relative could come to Bangladesh except him and his family.
Rafique said again that he communicated with his siblings and relatives in Arakan, Burma only once since he came to Bangladesh. He has been trying to communicate but he can’t due to lack of network both in Arakan, Burma and Bangladesh Refugee camp. Rafique heard that the Arakan Army and Myanmar military is fighting against one another and the innocent Rohingyas are dying in Arakan, Burma also and the Rohingyas in Arakan are affected with COVD-19 Pandemic. He is very much worried about his siblings and relatives and others that live in Arakan, Burma said Rafique. Rafique gave his contact number 01874263137 so that his siblings could communicate with him
Rafique said that a Rohingya died in May 31, 2020 and also two others Rohingya died in June 09, 2020 due to corona virus disease in the migrant camp of Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee. So, the Rohingyas are afraid of COVID-19 spreading in the migrant camp as they can’t recognize the affected Rohingya with COVID-19 Pandemic and also they live in congested camps where there is no sanitation and 20 -30 family use just one toilet, 30-40 family needed to use a bathroom and 40- 50 family use a single water pipe said Rafique.
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