Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, July 31, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 07312020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, July 31, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· President Donald Trump floats election delay, lawmakers in both parties reject idea
· U.S. House Speaker Pelosi announces mask-wearing requirement for lawmakers and staff
· The health minister fears that the infection could increase due to Eid and floods
· Myanmar May Postpone Election in War-Torn Rakhine State: Official
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 9:55 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: YASMIN ULLAH, President of Rohingya Human Rights Network. She is currently studying Political Science at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. Based in Canada
Topic: Domestic violence and child marriage
Translation Summary: Yasmin told VOA Rohingya Lifeline we have to understand first that our culture was not like this before Rohingya were subjected to genocide and systematic oppression. Because Burmese military and authority started to make us feel unsafe and harass women, our culture shifted. Home becomes the safest place for women in our community.
Some parents especially in Arakan and in the camps don’t have any access to resources to make life better for their daughter, and they have to choose to marry them off early, because of the restrictive livelihood and safety concerns. Parents often hope that the husband will take better care of their daughters.
She added, we have to educate our people and ensure that lives in the camps and in the country are better more secure to change this mindset and culture of marrying girls at a young age. Domestic violence starts from us being traumatized in our own country at the hands of the military. The experiences developed into a learned behavior. “Hurt people hurt people”. This becomes an issue about control because many men in the country and elsewhere have little access to resources, rights, and safety. Because everything in life seems to be out of their own control, the only thing they can control is those around them in the family. This is not done out of spite but out of the need to have some control over something. On the other hand, women have been socialized to accept this abuse, and do not have the option to leave their husbands. There are no resources for them in the camps or in Burma like shelters or counseling. Thus domestic violence on women and children increases and becomes a norm. We can only solve this through solving livelihood issues, more access to mental health care, and raising awareness in the community that this is wrong. As a survivor of genocide, we should look to treat others like we would treat ourselves and heal, not hurt more people especially our own family, she said. Yasmin said that the concerns of women in the camps are mainly the livelihood problem such as food, water especially now with COVID 19 that 80% of essential services have been cut. Health care was also a big issue that they raised such as doctors not understanding the language, people not being able to access care, or people taking the wrong medication to self-treat. These are just very few examples of what was discussed, and I’m trying to educate lawmakers in Canada, in the EU, in the US and UK about this as well as looking for sustainable solutions to the issues.
We are trying our best to inform the US government of what is happening in Arakan and in the camps. We are also looking to get more support for the ICJ from other nations. So far, only Canada and the Netherlands have expressed support with the ICJ Rohingya genocide case. We are