Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Thursday, June 18, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06182020 1130 UTC
Today: Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 8 minutes
· Almost 40 Rohingyas In Cox's Bazar diagnosed with COVID-19, no community transmission -WHO
· Hundreds & Thousands of getting infected with Corona Virus in Bangladesh
· Record spike in new coronavirus cases reported in six U.S. states as reopening accelerates
· UN Secretary-General removed Myanmar military from the list child soldiers recruiting forces.
· UN calls on China and India to exercise maximum restraint
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: 6:07 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Hussain
Topic: Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact Sources: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066382
Summary: Now into its tenth year, the Syrian conflict has created more than 5.5 million refugees seeking shelter in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
"It is very important that refugees, internally displaced and stateless people are included in national public health responses. Only if everybody is safe - we can all be safe.”
“The number of vulnerable refugees who lack the basic resources to survive in exile has dramatically surged as a result of the public health emergency,” said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.
Since pandemic lockdown measures have been implemented, Mr. Mahecic noted that in addition to families already identified as vulnerable, UNHCR had seen “another 200,000 refugees just in this period of three months who because of the impact needed emergency assistance”.
Clear signs of distress among vulnerable individuals who have lost their jobs include coping measures “that would allow them to somehow make ends meet”, he added. “We have evidence of people trying to skip meals in order to spread out the food so that it can last longer, they may skip taking medication, anything that is considered right now something where they can cut costs.”
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 8:14 minutes
Topic: Planning for the Celebration of World Refugee Day on 20th June during this pandemic period
Translation Summary: Rohingyas from the camp have been celebrating world refugee day each year by bringing out procession with posters, arrange rallies, pray to God and arrange different programs. Last year they have did the same. Chairman of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) Mr. Muhibullah said, “We have been working for our rights and justice for genocide since we are here in Bangladesh. Our issue is not taken to ICJ and ICC and we hope that our issue will be solved with the help of International community”.
Mohammad Nurullah a Rohingya currently living in kutupalong camp 18 said, “ We are being treated as guests here in Bangladesh. Government is trying to provide as much as possible and giving us whatever we need. But as a refugee we haven’t got our main rights which is repatriation with citizenship to our land. Gambia filed a case in ICJ and yet Myanmar failed to provide report which they are supposed to. Last year we celebrated this day with various activities but this time during pandemic we are planning to avoid gatherings. We advise everyone to pray to God from home and we will follow some religious rituals individually”.
Duration: 4:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Hamid Hussain
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz