Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, November 18, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 11182020 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 5:38 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Refugees Tell About Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Area.
Summary: Filimon heard the sound of heavy weapons in his Ethiopian border town, and he started to run. Filimon is an Ethiopian refugee who spoke to the Associated Press, or AP.
He is now in Sudan. He does not know if his wife and two small children are trapped in the fighting or among the thousands of refugees. He is afraid and would only give one name.
Speaking by phone to AP from Sudan on Thursday, Filimon described what he experienced in the Tigray town of Humera last week.
He said those attacking came from the direction of Eritrea, though he does not know if they were Eritrean forces.
Ethiopia may be close to a civil war as it fights Tigray militants at its northern border. The Tigrayans are demanding greater independence. Experts fear the conflict could bring in neighboring countries on both sides.
Filimon’s problems are far simpler.
After a day-long walk with about 30 others fleeing, he has been in Sudan for two days.
There are 11,000 refugees now, but officials are preparing for up to 100,000, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday. About half of them are children.
The UN agency said it was not taking statements yet about the fighting. It is just trying to treat the wounded and separate soldiers from refugees.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:21 minutes
Topic: Interview with a Rohingya on their 3 years of camp life- advantages and disadvantages.
Translation Summary: Mohammad Shafik is one of the forcibly displaced Rohingya who left his homeland 3 years ago and took shelter in Bangladesh with his family. They have been facing advantages and disadvantages throughout 3 years of camp life. He said, “The advantage is that we were able to save our lives taking shelter in Bangladesh. Government of Bangladesh gave us temporary primary education facilities which is helpful for our children”.
There are also disadvantages on their life in the camp life. He said,“Though government gave us the primary schooling facility but that’s not enough to build future life since our repatriation is uncertain. Food is limited. Some are able to manage, and others can’t. Women are facing difficulties moving freely in the camp. Besides it is very hot under the small tarpaulin shelters. Our request to the authority is to consider our issue as the immediate priority and our only hope to return to our homeland with all rights including citizenship”.
Duration: 3:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Sami Ahmed
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz