Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, June 18, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06182021 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, June 18, 2021
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Topic: How important is the youth leadership in the Rohingya community?
Guests: Saifullah Muhammad
A Rohingya Human Rights Activist.
Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.
He is a co-founder of the Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative.
Based in Ontario, Canada
Translation Summary: Saifullah Muhammad told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that there are two different things in youth leadership; Youth development and youth empowerment. If we need Rohingya youth leadership like other community’s successful leadership, we need more empowerment. To achieve that empowerment, our leaders must work for the sake of community rather than self-interest. Leaders must not stop what the youth are doing, they need to meet the needs of the youth and there must be coordination between the youth and the leaders irrespective of the age difference. Education is a must to play an important role in leadership, but they do not have that opportunity. I am hopeful that if our senior leaders work sincerely for youth empowerment, we will see a potential dynamic change in our community Insha-Allah.
If I say from my perspective and Canadian context, there are different national groups in different communities. Some people came from their place of origin and some were born here but their background is from somewhere else. Canada does not forbid people to celebrate or practice their own religion, culture, or anything they belong to. We understand that the Rohingya community has a disposition, they prefer to live in their own community even though they do not talk to each other for some reason, but they still prefer to enjoy intimacy. Compared to other communities, we are very young community who have settled in Europe and North America. We need time to make a difference in the community.
He said the leadership of the Rohingya community is a matter of great concern. There are constant allegations that the leaders of our community do not empower the youth. On the other hand, the leaders have blamed the youth for not following the lead. My humble request to our leaders and youth is that this is the world of digital technology and please do not underestimate each other. Young people must respect the sacrifice of senior leaders and their past leadership. And leaders must encourage and bring potential talented young people into the forefront of leadership. If the Rohingya community needs strong leadership; We need to recruit more young people and have experience in their senior leadership. If we can work together, I hope we can achieve our goals in the future, and we can make a good example.
Our Rohingya youth and leaders have been working with the NUG government since the formation of the NUG government, including in demonstrations, online virtual meetings, statement writing, and any part of our efforts. We all do not have to work on one side. There is much to be done for the Rohingya. However, the NUG government and those involved with the