Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Friday, June 19, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06192020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, June 19, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· The zero line Rohingya refugee camp was submerged in the rain, 5,000 people were affected
· Trump asked China to help him win in 2020, offered 'favors to dictators,' Bolton says
( with ACT )
· Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown
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: 5:07 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Coronavirus Leads to Bicycle Boom, Shortage, Around World.
Summary: As the coronavirus outbreak continues, many Americans are fearful of using public transportation. They also are looking for ways to get exercise without having to go to a gym, as well as ways to enjoy the outdoors. So, it may not be surprising that the pandemic has led to a major increase in bicycle sales. In the United States, bicycles at big stores like Wal-Mart have sold out. And small bicycle stores cannot keep up with demand for “family-style” bicycles: the low-cost, easy-to-ride models. The bicycle industry is seeing its biggest sales increase since the oil crisis of the 1970s, said Jay Townley, an industry expert. “People… have panicked,” Townley said. He compared the sale of bicycles to the rush to buy products like toilet paper at the start of the pandemic. The rise in bicycle sales is not happening just in the United States.
Cities like Manila in the Philippines and Rome, Italy have created bicycle paths for the growing number of people who want to avoid public transportation. In London, city officials plan to bar cars from some central roads. Bike shop owners in Manila say demand is even stronger than what they see at Christmas time. In Italy, the government’s economic support plan included a 500-euro payment to help with the cost of a bicycle. Of course, you can only buy a bicycle if you can find a bicycle. In the U.S., the shortages now mean it may take many months to get one. High demand is not the only reason for the shortage. The U.S. buys 90 percent of its bicycles from China. Bicycle factories there were shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Interview: Hamid Hussain (Interviewer)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Topic: World Refugee Day Interview By Hamid Hussain, on behalf of Voice of America Rohingya Lifeline Program
1st Guest: Sarifa Shakira, Founder and Director of Rohingya Woman Development Network
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Currently living in Houston, Taxes, U.S.A https://www.facebook.com/rwdn2017/posts/our-founder-director-sharifah-shakirah-give-a-brief-about-the-sufferings-of-rohi/1975807252726953/
Translation Summary: She expresses in her interview: Women's rights are human rights and they should get equal rights as men. Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh should get refugee rights from UNHCR and they should get fundamental basic human rights, including access to education, access to healthcare, proper shelter, and daily needs. She also expresses her gratitude and many thanks to the government of the United State of America for resettlement and their new life in America. Finally, she would like to send a message on World Refugee Day to leaders of the international community and Rohingya community's leaders to raise their voice and put more pressure on Myanmar and we all have to come to the same page as one voice for our success & achieve the goal. We can only succeed if we come together and work together.
2nd Guest: Abdul Hashim, A former school teacher