Voice of Palong – a weekly radio show by and for Rohingya and Bangladesh local communities

  • By DW Akademie
  • 06/11/2018

Voice of Palong is a radio magazine programme (30 mins) on everyday matters in the Rohingya refugee settlements as well as the surrounding Palong host community villages in Bangladesh. We cover all aspects of life that people care about including lifesaving information, giving a voice to those whose voices are rarely heard in public. The reporters are newly trained young Rohingya people and locals.

Voice of Palong is broadcast on Saturdays at 5.30pm on the local community radio station, Radio Naf, and played to listener groups in the refugee settlements.

Download the programmes so far here for use with your own listener groups or other community outreach activities

  • Episode 2 - Mice bother many in the camps | Medical check-ups for pregnant women | Water shortage due to broken tube wells | Elephant accidents - how to protect yourself | The hardships of fire wood collection
  • Episode 3 - Disaster stories - memories of cyclones and heavy rains in the past | How the refugee community will be warned | Mini drama: How a family prepares for disaster | Family relocation is not always easy | How lost children can find their way home
  • Episode 4 - How the first rains and winds affected Jamtoli | Rebuilding a sense of community – A visit to the UNFPA women-friendly space in Kutupalong | A profile of the Rohingya musician MD Osman | UNHCR's street drama about floods and landslides | Cholera vaccination - Why refugees in Balukhali go for it
  • Episode 5 - A visit to the newly developed relocation space in Kutupalong | How two physically handicapped people master their work in the camp | The challenges of working as a teacher in an orphanage | How people take care of their health during Ramadan | Newly composed song on Ramadan by Rohingya musician MD Osman
  • Episode 6 - First Ramadan for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh | How prices of daily commodities change during Ramadan | Health services for pregnant women - a midwife describes | Academic book distribution among children in Balukhali | A Rohingya girl loves make-up | A widow runs a women attire shop in Kutupalong
  • Episode 7 - World Cup Craze connecting cultures and people: Football fans in the area – who do they support | A school teacher and her pupils on the excitement of the World Cup | A market seller on his business selling flags, t-shirts, hats etc. in Kutupalong village | How refugee children created a "World Cup tower" using trash cans and sticks in Lambashia | How a registered refugee will re-arrange his home for "group viewing" | Round table talk – 5 supporters of 5 different countries | World Cup song – exclusively composed by Rohingya musician Osman
  • Episode 8 - "Artolution" initiates painting for children in Rohingya camps | Why tree forestation is urgently needed | Mosquitoes are silent killers in the camps, causing dengue fever and malaria | Garment shop owner talks about the business before Eid | Elderly woman juice seller on her business in the hot days during Ramadan
  • Episode 9 (Eid special) - Eid - last year in Myanmar and now in Bangladesh- how does it feel? | How to beautify yourself for Eid – a conversation with a Rohingya girl | What food do you serve for Eid? | plus Gopal Bhar satire stories, jokes and music
  • Episode 10 - How Eid was celebrated in the Rohingya camps | Landslide due to heavy rainfalls just before Eid - how an affected family is doing | World Refugee Day observance, including a special song composed by Rohingya singer Mohammad Osman | Cyclone preparedness, signal awareness programme by CPP | A football match between newly arrived Rohingya and registered Rohingya | The World Cup football craze continues in the camps
  • Episode 11 - How a self-employed female tailor runs her business in the Kutupalong camp | When a sudden rain shower strikes on a sunny day | A medical doctor about the dangers of mosquito bites and how to deal with those diseases | Children's corner: my favourite game in the camp | How camp women prepare pickles during their free time | How camp inhabitants purify their drinking water with tablets | Everyday food in camp families - what they cook and how | Best ways to get your child to sleep at night
  • Episode 12 - How constant rain affects family life | Strong water pressure and mud are a threat to a bridge in Kutupalong | Why a man volunteers on his own to clear the mud to protect the bridge | Landslides: How CPP volunteers can help affected people and how to protect oneself | Monsoon diet: How do you preserve food and cook when firewood is wet and gas is not available | Bad business for snack shops in the rain - not many customers | Kicking in the rain: How a 12-year-old boy enjoys playing football during monsoon
  • Episode 13 - House on fire: Report from a firefighting effort in Kutupalong | No space: Housewives struggle with the disposal of kitchen waste | Elderly people need help to carry relief | Kids Corner: Activities in the rainy season | The hopes of parents who send their children to learning centers | How teachers cope during monsoon | Mud houses affected by the wet season need repair
  • Episode 14 - What people do if relief is insufficient | Growing vegetables when space is limited | Rohingya youth like to play a sport named Chilong | A profile of an auto driver who operates inside the camps | House on fire: How Hasina, a Rohingya girl, used a fire extinguisher to fight the flames
  • Episode 15 - Diarrhoea: what people in the camps do to treat it and how to prevent it | Musician and hairdresser: a profile of Mohamad Osman, a Rohingya who works in two professions | Floods, landslides, blocked roads: how did people in the affected Madhurchaara camp area manage? | How rumours fly: Argentinian football star Messi was supposed to visit the camps. Rumour or fact, how do we know?
  • Episode 16 - Confusion about "smart cards" in the camps | How a Rohingya man got released from jail in Myanmar and reunited with his family in Kutupalong refugee camp | How and why you should wash your hands thoroughly | How mothers take care of their children on rainy days | Tent on fire in the Balukhali camp | How a female religious teacher teaches girls on religious aspects
  • Episode 17 - Pure salt: Why it is important to use iodine salt in the camp | Data Card: What it means to live without it in the camp | Youth day observance: The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Youth visited the camp | Fruit Corner: How to prepare the sour tasting seasonal fruit Kengra Gola | Viral Fever, Chicken Pox: How to tackle these diseases | Eid expectations of Rohingyas in Bangladesh (more on Eid next episode) | Training on First Aid
  • Episode 18 - Memories of the first days of the August influx | Refugee stories (I): 65-year-old Hasina Begum remembers how she escaped bullets in Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh after 8 days of walking | Life in Myanmar and life in Bangladesh now | Refugee stories (II): Mohammad Hashem (25) witnessed death during 15 days enroute to Bangladesh while crossing big hills | Return to Myanmar? What Rohingya expect | Refugee stories (III): Rokeya Khatun on how she misses her siblings and her life in her village - but at least, she says, she is alive.
  • Episode 19 - How Rohingya refugees spent their kurbani Eid | A fair on the football field | How kurbani and meat distribution took place in Kutupalong | What Rohingya women cooked with the meat they got on Eid day | How a Rohingya woman cleans and cooks cow's intestines | Observance of the anniversary of the recent Rohingya influx | A Rohingya leader talks about Rohingya repatriation and refuge in Bangladesh | One year as a refugee: how do people feel?
  • Episode 20 - Smart Cards: What are the benefits? | Local fruit series: Ayenchi gula - what kind of fruit it is and different ways of preparing it | Camp sports series: Marvel kela - how boys and girls can play together | Refuge story: Mohammad Soyab talks about why he left Myanmar, how he got to the refugee camp in Bangladesh, and this present situation | Cleaning out latrines: A waste cleaner and toilet de-sludger talks about his work, where he puts the dirt and how he makes sure he does not smell bad himself | Beautiful bamboo baskets: bamboo and cane weaver Habibullah talks about his handicraft, where he gets the materials and how he learnt his skills
  • Episode 21 - Nakshi kahta: the art of embroidering colourful quilts | Camp sports series: a football match between registered and unregistered Rohingya | Taking refuge series: a young boy talks about how his family left Myanmar and what they experienced on the way to the refugee camp in Bangladesh | Burglar alarm in bamboo hut: a Rohingya man talks about how their clothes and personal possessions were stolen | Selling sugar cane: a 10-year-old boy on the hardships of the business | Weaving fishing nets: Rohingya women in a typically male business selling nets in Kutupalong market | Local fruit series: Amra gula - Interview with a fruit seller and a recipe | Rohingya camp at night: How people spend their time
  • Episode 22 (Paan / betel leaf special) - Habit or fashion? Why Rohingya people chew and eat betel leaves | Saffron, cardamom and other flavours and scents: Rahamat offers individual mixes of betal nut, lime and more than 50 ingredients in his shop in Kutupalong | Radio drama: how a local granddaughter deals with grandma's addiction to paan | Combining jarda (tobacco) with betel leaves: are Rohingya people aware of the health risks? | Not only stained teeth: a local dentist talks about dental and gum health issues | A taste of home: Bormaiya paan, betal leaves from Myanmar, are sold in the Kutupalong unregistered camp.
  • Episode 23 - Night picnic in block A2: how 50 to 60 Rohingya men cooked food for themselves, watched 3 singers and a dancer and
    played card games like carrom at night time | The benefits of tooth brushing: tips from a dentist | Leisure time at the community centre | Baby boom in the settlements: how do people bathe their newborns, how often should babies and adults have a bath? | Refugee story: a Rohingya family who fled from Myanmar talk about how they had to leave some family members behind.
  • Episode 24 - Asia Cup final: how Rohingya refugees watched India beat Bangladesh at cricket, shown at a public TV screening | Sleepless nights: how the fear of being burgled or getting flooded in their makeshift huts keeps refugees awake | Kids' corner: a Rohingya girl talks about her love of sports which are regarded as boys' games, football, cricket and danguli | Rohingya fun: women sing a song which is traditionally presented before or at a wedding | Local fruit series: guava | Unbearable heat: how people in the settlements cope.
  • Episode 25 - Unexpected heavy rains after the heat: how Kutupalong was affected and how people felt | Preparations for the upcoming cyclone season: audio drama on how people protect themselves and how they stock up on dry food and clean water | Regional food: Chona Muri - both locals in the Cox's Bazar area and Rohingya refugees love this mix of chick peas, puffed rice, masala, onion and cucumber | Spreading eye disease: how conjunctivitis infects especially children in the camps | Visit to Voice of Palong: what Ines Pohl, Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, experienced during her visit to the refugee camps and the radio production team.
  • Episode 26 - Huge misunderstandings about smart cards / ID cards distribution in the camps | Toilet cleaning: some camp residents are engaged in cleaning toilets, even though they don't like it | Food corner: lappasu - a popular spicy snack but Rohingya people add different local ingredients to make it more hot and spicy | Leisure time: ludo (chokka khela) is a popular dice game in the local villages and also with young Rohingya in the camps | Safe drinking water: how people in the camps purify water and check the wells' water before consuming it | Why clean drinking water is vital for your health | How the unexpected heavy rainfall affected local shops and buyers.
  • Episode 27 - World handwashing day: celebrations in Rohingya settlements | Camp 15 (Jamtoli) CiC speaks about plans for water & sanitation, availability of drinking water and necessity of hand washing | Camp 15 resident Osman joined the rally and speaks about the day | A BRAC official from Jamtoli camp talks about the necessity of hand wash and the focus on children | A mother tells how cleanliness keeps her baby healthy | People in camp talk about how handwashing is important to stay free from many illnesses.
  • Episode 28 - Good food for good health: Kutupalong locals talk about good food and its impact on health and a doctor illustrates which foods are good, especially for pregnant women | Tree plantation drive in Balukhali: a local NGO is planting five thousand plants to protect the environment | Self-initiated vegetable gardening: in order to get rid of boredom, some young people initiated vegetable gardening on a piece of land in Kutupalong camp so that they can eat what they grow and earn extra money | Rohingya women with jobs: how do woman feel about working with an organisation and how do they manage their family | A Rohingya story: Dil Bahar’s husband was shot dead and she spent 12 nights in a hilly jungle in Myanmar looking for her son before finally being reunited and coming to Bangladesh.

The project is a collaboration of DW Akademie and Radio Naf. It is funded by the German Foreign Office. DW Akademie is part of Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster. DW Akademie carries out media development projects that strengthen the human right of freedom of opinion and promote free access to information.

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