Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Tuesday, June 30, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06302020 1130 UTC
Today: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· US, Bangladesh renew commitment to support safe, dignified return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar
· Myanmar, Rakhine: Fighting continues, thousands of villagers flee (with actuality)
· Morning Bird drowns in Buriganga after hit by Mayur-2 launch
· U.S. official: Iran's arrest warrant for President Trump is 'propaganda stunt'
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: 6:00 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Hussain
Topic: Indonesia draws praise for assisting Rohingya as ASEAN fails to mitigate crisis (with actuality) Sources: https://theaseanpost.com/article/rescued-rohingya-describe-high-seas-terror
Summary: A group of Rohingya says they were beaten by traffickers and had to drink their own urine to stay alive on a perilous four-month journey at sea until their dramatic rescue near the Indonesian coast. The bedraggled survivors - about 100 in all, mostly women and children - described a high-seas horror story that saw them reduced to throwing the dead overboard as their rickety craft drifted thousands of kilometers towards Malaysia. Two survivors claimed that human traffickers paid to transport them had beaten the Rohingya who were later moved to a new boat and abandoned at sea. They were rescued by fishermen in Indonesia on Wednesday and pulled to shore by locals the next day, thousands of kilometers south of Bangladesh.
"We suffered so much on that boat," 50-year-old Rashid Ahmad told reporters at an immigration detention center in Lhokseumawe city on Sumatra's northern coast.
"They tortured us. One of us even died.” "There was food at first but when it was done, they (the traffickers) took us onto another boat and then let us float away alone," he added.
Another survivor, Habibullah, said: "They beat everyone badly. My ear was cut and I was beaten on the head." The media could not independently verify the accounts of four members of the vulnerable Muslim minority group, who said they set off earlier this year near a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, next to their native Myanmar.
Survivor Ziabur Rahman Bin Safirullah, 35, said the group got by on small rations of rice and nuts while relying heavily on rainwater to survive.
"Sometimes we squashed wet clothes and drank the water from them," he said, adding that those who died were thrown into the sea.
Korima Bibi said at least two people died during the voyage and that some on board resorted to drinking urine to stay alive, as others got sick from the rough seas.
"We didn't get enough food or water," the 20-year-old said, "(but) we survived." Among the roughly 100 in the group were 48 women and 35 children. They set off from the Balukhali refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, but were originally from Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine State, according to survivors and an account given to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). A spokesperson for the group told the IOM that one woman had died on the way, leaving behind her two children. Another three children, two of them siblings, and a 10-year-old girl were unaccompanied. The group also included a pregnant woman, according to the IOM. The smugglers were charging each person about US$2,300 to get them to Malaysia, the IOM said.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:31 minutes
Topic: Talking to Rohingya learner, teacher and a technical officer of Save the Children International talk
Translation Summary: Mohammed Tuhid says that he lives with his parents at camp-18 of Balukhali #01 and