Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, May 26, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 05262021 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· 20 Rohingya contract COVID-19 in Kashmir jail
· Bangladesh seeks vaccines from UN, donors for Rohingya
· Bangladesh Relying on World Community to Press Myanmar Junta on Rohingya Repatriation
· PM Hasina tells UNGA president: Rohingya repatriation looks uncertain
· Blinken announces disaster relief in Gaza
· About 25% of US troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan so far
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: 3:30 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Mufizul Islam
A Rohingya, Freelance Journalist
Based in Yangon, Myanmar
Topic: The current situation leads to civil war in Burma.
Translation Summary: Mufizul Islam, a freelance journalist told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that fighting continues between People’s Defense Forces (PDF) and Military in Kaya State, Chin State, Shan State and Sagging division. The situation is horrible. An estimated 20,000 civilians from Mindat of Chin State have fled to Mizoram, India to seek refuge, and many are expected to cross the border due to the fighting. According to some reliable sources, Demaw Soe of Kaya state has been controlled by the People’s Defense Forces and about 20 military personnel killed during a big fight, and mass military personnel were captured by the PDF. The State military forces later crushed nearby villagers and disillusioned the surrounding population in the area.
He said, A major battle took place in the southern Pekone town of Shan State, but no casualties were reported. Nevertheless, the villagers fled for safety. There was also a tense fight in border town of Muse between PDF and state forces. The fighting also continues between the PDF and military in Kani township of Saggaing division. All the villagers were scattered, and they hid in the nearby forest without proper shelter, food, and other necessities for their survival. The property of the villagers is being looted, destroyed, and burnt by the state forces.
Many parents, except the Rakhines, decided not to enroll their children in military-run schools. The people of Rakhine state want to enroll their children in June while maintaining COVID-19 guidelines, because parents want their children to stay in school, otherwise, the children may get spoiled with all days in gaming activities. Many schools in the Rakhine state have been closed for years due to fighting between the Arakan Army (AA) and the Burmese military.
A meeting was held on May 21 under the chair of the Union Election Commission (UEC) and Chairman U Thein Soe mentioned that the NLD (National League for Democracy) party may be provoked if the investigation into election irregularities continues. Aung San Suu Kyi was summoned to court on May 23, and she appeared in court. She told interviewers that the NLD will exist if there are people in Myanmar and it is people’s party of Myanmar.
The people of Myanmar are struggling with economic hardship and basic livelihoods due to lack of import and export. The prices of all kinds of products are higher than usual, even the prices of domestic vegetables are rising, people cannot bargain in the market.
Report (1): VOA News
Reporter: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:05 minutes
Topic: The Rohingya camps are terrified of the strong winds of the cyclone.
Translation summary: The effects of cyclone ‘Yaas’ has caused strong winds to blow in around the camps, causing panic among the Rohingya. Bashir Ahmed from Camp 4 said that strong winds have been blowing since