Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Monday, August 03, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 08032020 1130 UTC
Today: Monday, August 03, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
Internet reopens in Rakhine state but speed is too slow (with actuality)
Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp: A special prayer on Eid-day for a dignified return to Myanmar as soon as possible (with actuality)
Myanmar: government and the ethnic armed groups agreed to negotiate individually (with actuality)
U.S. coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread,' White House experts say
Six Marines are reported missing and killed off the coast of California
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: 5:40 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Coronavirus crisis creates fear, doubt among Arab youth
Summary: Sama al-Diwani and her college sweetheart had big dreams. Her boyfriend, Athir Assem, was planning to open a business in Iraq. She was preparing to go to England, where she would spend a year in training so that she could work as a pharmacist. After that, they would reunite, get married and start a family. Those dreams came to a stop with the coronavirus health crisis. Al-Diwani's university education is now on hold. Her family’s earnings have gone down by 40% and she worries about losing her job at a local pharmacy. Assem has delayed plans for launching his business. He wanted to sell baked goods. Al-Diwani, 24, and Assem, 26, are among millions of young people whose plans for work, education, and marriage have been changed by the pandemic.
In Western countries, many unemployed workers believe they will get their jobs back or somehow recover from the recession. But in some Arab countries, the pandemic seems like the final blow to economies that are now close to collapse. Before the pandemic, in 2019, youth unemployment in the Arab world was estimated at 26.4%, compared to a rate of 13.6 percent worldwide. Those estimates come from the International Labor Organization. This week, a United Nations report predicted that some Arab economies could shrink by up to 13% this year. Another 14.3 million people are expected to go into poverty, raising the total number to 115 million. That would represent about one-fourth of the total Arab population. Tariq Haq is a Beirut-based senior employment specialist with the U.N. labor agency. “For many young people, seeing economies crumble the way that they are and seeing their prospects vanish before their eyes ... it’s undoubtedly going to be taking a huge toll on mental health and well-being,” Haq said.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:40 minutes
Topic: A Rohingya and the two Rohingya community base leaders talk about the celebration of Eid-Ul-Azha and express their feelings regarding it. Translation Summary: Hafez Mohammed Nurullah said that he is from Khair-Mura Para of Buthidaung township and lives with his family at Balukhali camp-18 right now. 40- years Ullah said there are five greats days for Muslims Ummah in a year among them Eid Ul Azah is the one that’s they have enjoyed very in Arakan celebrating the Eid- Ul- Azaha but here in Bangladesh Rohingya Camp it becomes a great sad day for the whole Rohingya of the migrant camp because of being Refugee and deprived of the opportunities, facilities of celebration.Ullah said that they did perform Eid Ul Azaha’s Namaz maintaining the social distance and prayed to almighty Allah for their independent life and sustainable solution to the crisis.
Mohammed Zubair said that he is from Som-bo