Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, July 07, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 07072021 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, July 07, 2021
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Russia backs ASEAN plan on tackling Myanmar crisis (Reuters)
· WFP and Republic of Korea working together to sustain assistance for Rohingya communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh (WFP)
· Nearly 500 people die from COVID-19 in Northwestern Myanmar (RFA)
· President Biden to continue vaccination campaign
· US troops secretly leave Bagram base without informing anyone
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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 Myanmar
Topic: The Current situation in Myanmar.
Translation Summary: Mohammad Kamal told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that currently, there are countless COVID-19 patients in Myanmar, but no one knows due to a lack of appropriate medical systems and data. As a result, people are suffering, especially for their health care. The political crisis in Myanmar is that the military government is unable to run the country completely due to the civil disobedience movement (CDM) because civil surgeons and other government employees are not joining their jobs. Myanmar's banking system has collapsed due to the economic crisis and there is not enough cash to withdraw from the banks. So, people are in trouble everywhere for the lack of proper healthcare, economic activities, employment opportunities, and daily livelihood. The World Food Program (WFP) continues to provide food assistance to about 3 million needy families in rural areas of the Rangoon Division. Thus, these individuals are totally dependent on WFP rations.
The junta government is running the country by force of arms, but in this situation, they will not be able to control the power for a long time because there are many shootings and military informants being killed everywhere in the country, and another reason is due to the civil disobedience movement (CDM). The protest tactics are not the same as before with thousands of people gathering in the street because many protesters died and many of them were arrested by the military, so they changed tactics, suddenly they come down the street and disappear after protesting for a while before the military arrive. It is not easy to defeat the military junta because China and Russia are behind Myanmar unless a country comes and uses its power to put pressure on Myanmar.
Report (1): VOA News
Reporter: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 07:17 minutes
Topic: Rising of Covid-19 patients in the camp. Majority Rohingyas are still not aware of this pandemic- IOM volunteer says
Translation summary: Majority Rohingyas are not aware of Covid-19. Many are misguided that leads them to not believing in what is happening around the country. Patients with Covid-19 symptoms don’t prefer to go for testing. So the number of Covid-19 infected people rises significantly, said a Rohingya volunteer Manunur Rashid, who has been working in IOM at Leda camp, Teknaf. He said,” Last year in our center fewer people were tested positive and now in 2021 I have seen from our center that many have tested positive. After tested positive, Covid-19 patient are taken to the isolation center and provide treatment accordingly”.
Majority Rohingyas those who are uneducated believe in false rumors and are misguided. They are not interested to proceed with treatment. But those who are concerned about this pandemic they are sincere about their health-he added.
Mamunur Rashid thinks, the increase of awareness session about