Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Thursday, December 31, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 12312020 1130 UTC
Today: Thursday, December 31, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· 'Rohingyas being relocated to Bhashan Char voluntarily with transparency'
· Myanmar Villagers Return to Refugee Camps Amid Fears of Renewed Fighting in Rakhine State
· The government called on the United Nations to take initiative in repatriating Rohingya from Cox's Bazar
· U.S. confirms first case of the new Covid strain discovered in UK
· US State Department Approves Potential Sale of 3,000 Smart Bombs to Saudi Arabia
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Reporter: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 5:33 minutes
Topic: Repatriation is more important than relocation. Facilities for the Rohingya’s in cox’s bazar camps should increase if repatriation delays-says a displaced Rohingya.
Translation Summary: 39 years old Azim Ullah, a Rohingya living in kutupalong camp 3 sees very slow progress of their repatriation process. He doesn’t know when they might return to their homeland. Staying in a hilly land under the shelter and limited facilities making them weak and stressed. But also mentioned that the facility must improve if their process delays. He said,” The focus should be on repatriation but if repatriation delays then some important areas should be looked at . Education is the most important area that government should focus for Rohingya children and youths. Besides other facilities like health is also a great concern. Moreover, condition of living and good shelters should be improved. But our main intention is to get to our homeland as soon as possible”.
Reporter: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:25 minutes
Topic: 2 Relocated Rohingya with 2nd Batch Talked About Facilities, Reasons of Being Relocated to Bhashan Char
Translation Summary: A Rohingya unwilling to mention his name (who has been relocated with 2nd Batch to Bhashan Char from Cox’s Bazar migrants camp) said that they have been provided per head 5000 taka and per head a blanket while going from Cox’s Bazar to Chittagong. Also, they have been provided with 1 room for 1-4 two family members, 2 rooms are provided for 5- 7 and 3 rooms are provided above 7 family members and also provided with two blankets for every family after arriving at Bhashan Char. Besides, he said that government of Bangladesh did not force them to be relocate to Bhashan Char but they agreed to be relocated . He said that he is very satisfied with the facilities that government of Bangladesh arranged for them in Bhashan Char
Another a Rohingya who is also unwilling to mention name and relocated with 2nd batch Rohingy, said that he has passed about his four-year life in the Cox’s Bazar migrants camp where there were no justices, work opportunities etc. as they are from poor family that’s why he agreed to be relocated to Bhashan Char Island from Cox’s Bazar migrant . He added that he is very much pleased in the Bhashan Char as it is as nice and very big area with natural beauty and plenty of facilities. At the end, he said if he can get chance to return to their ancestral mother land with full rights, he would love to go back to Arakan.
Duration: 3:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Sami Ahmed
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz