Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Monday, September 07, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 09072020 1130 UTC
Today: Monday, September 07, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· First time A delegation of Rohingyas reached Bhasanchar
· Rohingya rights: New armed group ARA emerges in Rakhine
· More US Aid Going to Myanmar, But Without Addressing the Country's Human Rights Abuses
· At least 24 people were killed in an explosion at a mosque in Narayanganj on Friday night
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: 5:23 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: First Rohingya team to visit Bhashan Char on Saturday.
Summary: The first batch of Rohingyas from the cramped camps of Cox’s Bazar is set to visit and inspect Bhashan Char on Saturday. The team of 40 Rohingyas includes majhis (local Rohingya leaders) and family members of the Rohingyas already sheltered on Bhashan Char, a remote island in an estuary of the Meghna river. Plans to conduct the visit and potentially transfer Rohingyas to the island had been stalled due to bad weather and the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said. “We are sending the team of around 40 Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar as the weather is now stable,” Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mahbub Alam Talukder told the Dhaka Tribune on Friday.
The Rohingya team will inspect the living conditions on Bhashan Char to determine if they are better than at the Cox’s Bazar camps. Earlier in May, the government sent some Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char after they were rescued from being stranded at sea for several weeks. The rescued refugees were taken to Bhasan Char as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus in the heavily crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar. Currently, about 306 Rohingyas are sheltered on the Island.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:05 minutes
Topic: Speaking to Rohingyas & the District Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar about Bhasan Char
Translated Summary: A Rohingya Imam, Nur Alam said that they had arrived to Bashan Char at about 04: 00 PM on Saturday and then they have been given shelter at cyclone center at Bashan Char island where they have been given food by the official. So, Alam said that they can see the buildings and environment of the Bashan Char but they can’t see any people there. Bhasan Char is an island surrounded with trees and river so expert engineers and scientists can determine whether the place is habitable or not. Alam said that although Bashan Char is protected with 13-km-long flood embankment it can be eroded and washed away because of being sandy island.
Sanjida Begum, a sheltered Rohingya young women at Bashan Char island said that houses are built in two lines likely to be more crowded than Cox’s Bazar Rohingya migrant’s camps shelters. There are eight rooms in every line of shelters of Bashan Char and have a tube-well in each line said Sanjida. Sanjida said at Bashan Char island they have been provided with pillow, blankets/rags, mosquito nets, Not only we have been given clothes but also, we are given eight to ten tailors machine to mend clothes but it is kept in block and the one who knows sewing go for sewing clothes and do it freely without any restriction said Sanjida. Also, Sanjida said that they are providing with two times meals per day and snacks in the morning, but they can’t see and talk with their parents, relatives and others .
District Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Mohammed Kamal Hussain said