Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, August 26, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 08262020 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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· Republican leaders call on Democrats not to be elected
· US First Lady Melania Trump has taken center stage at the Republican convention
· Pompeo also spoke of the country's normal relations with Israel in Sudan
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: 5:10 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Three years on, Rohingya repatriation still uncertain.
Summary: Myanmar has failed to address the root causes of widespread abuse against the Rohingya and has refused to create the necessary conditions for their safe, dignified, and voluntary return. Tuesday marks three years since the day hundreds of Rohingyas fled their homeland following a crackdown by the Myanmar military, aided by local Buddhist mobs and miscreants from other ethnic groups in northwest Rakhine. It is Bangladesh who provided shelter in Cox’s Bazar to the Rohingyas, often described as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.
Since August 25, 2017, about 740,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh. Despite limited resources, Bangladesh has given the refugees shelter and security. The arrivals after August 25, 2017, are in addition to 80,000 Rohingyas who took shelter in 2016, and nearly 300,000 who have been living in Bangladesh for decades. Now, the country continues to bear the burden of over one million Rohingyas from the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Three years have passed, but still no one really knows when the displaced Rohingyas will be able to return to their homes in Rakhine, even though repatriation should have been complete by now as per a bilateral instrument signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 8:19 minutes
Topic: No Special Activities on the Anniversary of Myanmar’s Genocide
Translation Summary: Rohingyas were being criticized by Bangladesh government last year in 2019 when thousands of people gathered in the remembrance of 25th August. Internet facility were stopped and restrictions hardened on Rohingyas in the camp. This year on 25th August 2020, no youths and Rohingyas have been doing any activities around the camp.
Mohammad Shafik a Rohingya youth from kutupalong camp said,” We some of the youth volunteers took break from work for today. Nobody went to their job. We stayed at our shelters from the morning. In the mosque, our Rohingya leaders, Majhi’s, Imaams and all senior persons told us not to do any sorts of protests, avoid gatherings or any kind of activities which may upset Bangladesh government. Therefore, we all are staying at home and praying to God for a quick solution to our problem. We always hope that our problem will have a solution soon and we will be able to return to our homeland with all rights”.
25 years old Abul Bashar another youth remembering this day. He said,” people are roaming around the camp normally. Maximum shops in the camp are closed today. After Zohor congregation prayer people in the mosque ask from God for help for a quick solution to their problem. He also mentioned to the authorities to give a serious concern on this issue. Without that the situation of Rohingya will be disastr