Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Monday, September 21, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 09212020 1130 UTC
Today: Monday, September 21, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· UN chief warns of 'last chance' for Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis
· Demonstration in Ukhiya Rohingya refugee camp to stop killing Rekhain people.
· Iranian-backed militias are excited about the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
· All sanctions against Iran cannot be re-imposed / UN Secretary General
· 5 Civilians Hurt in Houthi Attack on Saudi Arabia
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:36 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Covid-19 stigma runs deep and dangerous in Indonesia.
Summary: Indonesia also has one of the world’s lowest testing rates.
When Ari Harifin Hendriyawan's mother tested positive for the coronavirus, their neighbors brought a hammer and nails and boarded up the lane. From his home in the lush foothills of Indonesia's West Java, the 23-year-old told Reuters the barricade appeared days after he received a negative test result and was at home self-isolating. “I was angry of course," he said, "If I had not been restrained (by relatives), I don’t know what could’ve happened." As the coronavirus rippled across the world's fourth most populous country, it also carried a stigma that public health experts say has stopped people from getting tested in fear of being shunned and complicated the response to the pandemic. For months Indonesia has struggled to stem a rise in transmission, with nearly 229,000 cases and a death toll of 9,100, the second highest in Asia after India. It also has one of the world’s lowest testing rates. Indonesia’s Covid-19 taskforce spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said the stigma those infected face remains a problem. He said the government was doing what it could to counter that. “Stigma can only be erased by tirelessly promoting health to increase awareness about infections and empathy to help those in need,” he said.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin(Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:22 minutes
Topic: Rohingyas urge increasing the number of volunteer jobs in NGO or INGOs.
· Translation Summary: Majority of the Rohingya educated youths are unemployed in the Rohingya camp while only few Rohingyas are getting chances to work for NGO/INGOs as a volunteer. Like language is a key barrier, besides getting geographical and psychological support, keep and create networking between Rohingyas and officials for project purpose that requires Rohingya educated person to work with them. But the number is very minimum, said 23 years old Mohammad Shafik currently working in a project as a volunteer with BRAC. He is mainly focusing on the ground ‘Protection’ and visits door to door to collect data’s and provide information’s. He said,” I think only few Rohingyas are working for NGOs and INGOs among few hundred thousand. Payment is as same as a day labor like 300 bdt or $3.5 USD/ day. Maximum payment is not more than $80/ month but it is not for every single month. It depends on the needs for project”. Shafik also mentioned about the young girls in the camp. “Mostly young girls work domestically as is in their tradition,but some educated Rohingya women and youths are seen working”.
Shafik on behalf of Rohingya educated youths urges relevant authorities to increase the number of vacancies for Rohingya volunteer so that educated Rohingya won’t be frustrated”.
Duration: 6:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Sami Ahmed
Production: Selim Hossain /