Language considerations for repatriation
While repatriation plans will reportedly not proceed until 2019, recent events have increased questions and concerns about these plans and related arrangements in the Rohingya community. Rohingya people have clearly said that they need information to make decisions for themselves and their families. They also want to be meaningfully consulted and engaged in these processes. When dealing with such a sensitive and emotional subject, it will be helpful for the humanitarian community to know some key terms.
Over the past two weeks, community feedback suggests that refugees are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of repatriation to Myanmar, with rumours circulating and a clear need for more information. Repatriation is currently one of the most discussed issues within the Rohingya community with lots of queries and apprehension. Many of the community’s concerns relate to a lack of knowledge about how repatriation decisions are being made and what the process will be. Given these concerns, this special edition of What Matters?
In Bentiu, Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) implements a communicating with communities (CwC) program to increase information sharing. The program operates Kondial 97.2 FM, a humanitarian radio station inside the Bentiu PoC, conducting listening groups to gather community feedback.
Rohingya Community Feedback:
Has the relationship between Muslim and Hindu Rohingya people changed?
Source: Feedback collected between September 24 and October 20 by 17 Internews Community Correspondents and one feedback manager using Kobo Collect app in camps 1E, 1W, 2E, 2W, 3 and 4. In total, 1098 interactions have been analysed to present how the relationships between Hindu and Muslim Rohingya people have changed after they fled to Bangladesh. The feedback is collected in Rohingya using English and Bangla script.
Intimate partner violence: Women keep silent and cope
Source: Quantitative data collected from 6811 respondents by IOM community mobilisers from February to August 2018; qualitative research by BBC Media Action, in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid, into attitudes towards intimate partner violence in August 2018; and gender analysis carried out by Action Against Hunger, Save the Children and Oxfam in August 2018.
Finding the right words in the Rohingya language
Clear communication with the Rohingya community is one of the most challenging aspects of the current response. It requires us to understand how their language is evolving, how different languages have influenced it, and how distinct dialects are emerging. Importantly, we must acknowledge linguistic variations within the community, and use appropriate vocabulary in all communications.
In Bentiu, Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) implements a communicating with communities (CwC) program to increase information sharing. The program operates Kondial 97.2 FM, a humanitarian radio station inside the Bentiu PoC, conducting listening groups to gather community feedback. If you have information to be shared with the PoC or humanitarians, please contact: Humanitarian Project Manager Akiiki Tusiime (email@example.com) or Team Leader Pout Tuor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internews and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to foster future collaborations that meet the information and communication needs of people affected by conflict and violence.
Accurate, relevant information is increasingly recognized as fundamental to saving lives in times of conflict. To be able to tackle this issue of common interest, Internews and the ICRC have signed an MoU that builds on several years of joint projects and initiatives.
Welcome to the 2nd issue of Flying News Rumour Tracking Bulletin. The Flying News Rumour bulletin captures rumours and perceptions of the Rohingya population to eliminate information gaps between humanitarian agencies and refugees. By providing field staff and volunteers with facts, the Flying News Bulletin aims to create a better understanding of the needs of the Rohingya and help answer rumours before they can do any harm.
A Day of Sacrifices and Remembrance
Later in August, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the main Islamic holidays. It is an important time for the Rohingya people, who refer to it as Dõr Eid (big Eid). Unfortunately, marking it in the camps will bring challenges.
Welcome to the rst issue of Flying News Rumour Tracking Bulletin. The Flying News bulletin captures rumours and perceptions of the Rohingya population to eliminate information gaps between humanitarian agencies and refugees. By providing eld sta and volunteers with current rumours and basic facts to answer them, the Flying News Bulletin aims to create a better understanding of the needs of the Rohingya and helps answer rumours before they can do any harm.
Lack of light, waste and waterlogging affecting the Rohingya camps
Source: Feedback from listening groups during May and June 2018. Around 250 listener groups meet weekly to listen to a range of radio programmes and narrowcasts. The group facilitators collect feedback about the listeners’ current needs, priorities and concerns.