Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Thursday, September 17, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 09172020 1130 UTC
Today: Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· BBC interview with Major-Gen. Twan Mrat Naing, Arakan Army (with 2 actualities)
· Exclusive: U.S. pushes arms sales surge to Taiwan, needling China - sources
· US West Coast fires: Smoke spreads to New York and Washington
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. Such unrest is common in many areas, but the sense of hopelessness is a big concern in the Middle East..
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: 7:22 minutes
Topic: A Rohingya volunteers’ team leader of Danish Refugee Council(DRC) talk about DRC’s Activities and Awareness Session on COVID-19
Translation Summary: Mohammed Ayas said that he is from Hainda Para village tract of Maungdaw township and lives with his family at Balukhali Camp 8E where he works as a Rohingya volunteer’s’ team leader of Danish Refugee Council(DRC) of Site Management Sector(SMS).30-years old Ayas said that their responsibility is to help the Rohingya Community through advocacy with concern NGO/Agency and Camp-In-Charge (CIC) of migrant camp and to keep helping with CIC and different NGO/Agency in day to days’ activities.
Ayas said Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and other NGOs/Agencies are focusing on the awareness session on COVID-19 pandemic. There are about 15 females and 30 males, in total 45 volunteers of the DRC’s SMS who have been arranging awareness sessions with different Rohingya,said Ayas. Ayas also said that they have the Communication with Community(CwC) team, and protection team who hold awareness session with general teams of Rohingya such as Imam, teachers and Majee (Community Leader) in different block of the camp and then that general team do awareness in their respective area and homes.
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