Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 10272020 1130 UTC
Today: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Myanmar has assured Beijing that Rohingya will be repatriated, top Chinese diplomat tells Bangladeshi counterpart
· Teach-in on Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar
· India, U.S. clinch defense pact on satellite data as Pompeo, Esper hold talks
· Erdogan Calls for Boycott of French Goods
· Malaysia's PM faces calls to quit after failed bid for emergency rule
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: 5:53 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: British researchers plan to infect healthy volunteers to study COVID-19
Summary: Researchers in Britain are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19. The aim is to speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the worldwide pandemic.
This kind of research is known as a human challenge study. It is not used often because some people consider it morally wrong to infect healthy individuals for medical tests. But researchers say the risk is worth it. Such studies can quickly identify the most effective vaccines.
Peter Openshaw is one of the investigators leading the research. He said the studies are “enormously informative about a disease, even one so well studied as COVID-19.”
Human challenge studies have been used to develop vaccines for diseases including typhoid, cholera and malaria.
The study will involve volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30. The Imperial College London said Tuesday that the study would be carried out in partnership with the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Also, in the partnership is HVIVO, a company that has experience with human challenge studies.
Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:53 minutes
Topic: Ideology of Rohingyas about the Bhasan-Char.
Translation summary: Mrs. Yeasmin (25) is living Camp # 27, Block # B, Jadimura, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. She was a resident of Shidhapara, Maungdaw Township, Myanmar. She came to Bangladesh on 2017 due to torture by the Myanmar Government. Yeasmin told the VOA; living in Bhasan-char is very risky as the island could be submerged at any time, so it would not be right to go to Bhasan-char. We are not to go Bhasan-char we want to go back to our own country and there we dream of starting a new life. She added we want to stay in Cox's Bazar refugee camp until we are repatriated.
Mr. Mohammed Hashem (20) is living Camp # 12, Block # G-1, Balukhali-2, Thaingkhali, Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar. He was a resident of Lambaguna, Maungdaw Township, Myanmar. He came to Bangladesh in 2017 due to genocide of Myanmar government. Mr. Hashem said the VOA; it is very risky to live in Bhasan-char no matter how many facilities there are because the island could be hit by natural disasters at any time so Rohingyas are reluctant to go to Bhasan-char. However, families already affected by the clashes between the two groups inside the camp have agreed to stay in Bhasan-char until they are repatriated.
English Learning Lessen (about peoples’ similarities and differences)
Duration: 3:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Sami Ahmed
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz