Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 10142020 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Govt firm on relocating Rohingyas to Bhashan Char
· The EU is helping to erase the names of Rohingyas in the Myanmar elections
· The Bangladesh government is issuing an ordinance to implement the amended law
· Malaysia's Anwar says documents given to king show has support of over 120 lawmakers
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: 5:27 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Sick and Chained: Africans With Mental Health Conditions. Source: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/sick-and-chained-africans-with-mental-health-conditions/5613745.html
Summary: For nearly a year, Benjamin Billal was kept chained to a rock.
“I was taken to a faith healing center by my grandmother and my mother,” Billal told reporters by video link from Monrovia, Liberia on Tuesday.
“I was chained to a rock, where I stayed for about 11 months. There, there was no food. They gave us food at will -- when they feel like giving you food, they gave you food. And there, we had no freedom moving around.”
Why was he treated this way? Apparently because of his mental health condition. After being freed, Billal was taken to Liberia’s only mental health medical center. There, doctors reported that he had depression.
The use of extreme methods to restrain and detain mentally sick people is not unusual in Africa. In fact, it is common in many parts of the world. In some cases, children as young as 10 are being chained and held in extremely small spaces by their families, a new report by Human Rights Watch has found.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 20 percent of Liberians suffer from minor to moderate mental health problems. Yet, WHO data shows that the West African country has extremely limited medical care for such patients.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 8:00 minutes
Topic: A Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) Rohingya expresses Concern for Delaying Rohingya Repatriation and gives his opinion on Bangladesh Government’s Plan to Move to Bhashanchar or Repatriate the Rohingya with the Support of International Community.
Translation Summary: Fifty four years old Mohammed Rafik said that he is from Pongdu Pying village tract of Buthidaung township and now lives at “D” Block of Jamtoli Camp #15. He talks about problems in the Camp and said that relocating the Rohingya to Bashanchar will be harmful for future repatriation.
Finally, Rafik said that Myanmar government tried to repatriate them about two times without accepting their conditions and not granting safety and security and citizenship rights and others that’s why they couldn’t return. So, Rafik said that every single Rohingya eagerly agrees to return their ancestral motherland Arakan, Myanmar but Myanmar government should restore the citizenship rights of Rohingya, Myanmar government should ensure the safety, security and equal rights of Rohingya like others citizen of Arakan, Myanmar, Myanmar Government should allow the Rohingya to their original home yard, Myanmar government should give the compensations for the lost properties of Rohingya to them and the Action against Myanmar government perpetrators must be taken under the Jurisdiction. Moreover, Rafik said that “if the international Community, UN, Human Rights Organizations as well as Bangladesh try it then Myanmar Government can never deny the repatriation.
Duration: 4:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Sami Ahmed
Production: Selim Hoss