Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Wednesday, June 17, 2020
MC & News: Hamid Hussain, Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06172020 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 8 minutes
· Myanmar: Rohingya refugees will be returned after disaster
· The United Nations and the World Bank have said that the world is now on the brink of a terrible economic and food crisis in response to the Corona epidemic
· Every minute in Bangladesh three people are infected with Coronavirus epidemic
· Trump signs order on police reform after weeks of protests about racial injustice
· Exclusive: African nations seek U.N. inquiry into U.S. racism, 'police brutality'
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: 5:41 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Idris Abdullah
Topic: Dying of hunger: Zimbabwe street vendor hit by coronavirus clampdown. Sources: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-zimbabwe/dying-of-hunger-zimbabwe-street-vendors-hit-by-coronavirus-clampdown-idUSKBN23N0LJ
Summary: Martha Kahari was already struggling to make ends meet after Zimbabwe’s coronavirus lockdown forced her to stop selling second-hand clothes and tomatoes at the side of the road in the capital Harare. Then the council came to tear down her stall.
Since April, local authorities in Zimbabwe’s major cities have demolished thousands of illegally built structures that vendors like Kahari use to sell their wares, in what authorities have said is an effort to legitimize informal trade in the city. With her stall destroyed, the 40-year-old disabled mother of two has given up hope of being able to afford rent or pay back the money she borrowed to buy the stock she planned to sell once the lockdown was lifted. “If I don’t settle the loan soon, they will come and take my goods,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Because I’ve been deprived of income, I have to live in one room at my in-laws’ with my two children and my belongings . We have no money for food and no one is helping us.”
Vendors and informal workers’ groups in Zimbabwe say that city officials, with the support of the national government, are exploiting the lockdown to destroy makeshift shops and market stalls while their owners are observing stay-at-home orders.
Oliver Chidawu, minister of state for Harare, and the city’s mayor Herbert Gomba said in a joint statement in April that they had “noted with concern the anxiety that has gripped players in the informal sector” since the demolitions began. The aim of the operation was to remove illegal businesses and ensure that cities are “clean, orderly and well-managed” while also making sure councils don’t lose out on potential revenue, they said.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:16 minutes
Topic: Two Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nation (FDMN) Rohingya who got SIM Card urges to provide them ration with SIM card through electronic Voucher.
Translation Summary: Mohammed Rashid said that he is from Naraing Chaung village tract of Maungdaw Township. 53 years old Rashid said that he lives with his family at Block of Kutupalong Camp-1W. Rashid said that they have been receiving ration under the cooperation of the World Food Program (WFP) in which WFP provide only rice, oil and lentils through the General Food Distribution (GFD) system. The amount of food depends on the number of family members. But within this system the families of 2-3, 6-7 and 10-12 are getting insufficient ration and not getting per head ration as well said Rashid.
Rashid also said that they have got SIM card and also received ration through it in April 16,2020 but in May,2020 World Food Program did not provide them ration with SIM card be