Jamtoli Information Line: Radio program for Rohingya residents of Camp 15

  • By Coast Trust / Fondation Hirondelle
  • 18/06/2019

Jamtoli Information Line is a radio program made by and for the Rohingya residents of Camp 15, Jamtoli Camp, in Cox's Bazar. This program is produced by Coast Trust with the support of Fondation Hirondelle.

The programs are available on SoundCloud and you can follow Refugee and Host Community Radio station if you register and sign in. You can also click on the link of each episode to listen to the program on you mobile or computer:

  • Episode - Roads And Paths: With the conditions of the roads in the camp being quite muddy and dangerous in the wet season, this episode talks to Brac about what is being done to improve the roads in Jamtoli.
  • Episode - Staying Healthy During Ramadan: This episode looks at how to stay healthy during Ramadan. Fasting can be challenging for specific groups of people, so we get advice from an Imam as well as a Nutritionist about what to do for pregnant women, children and the elderly.
  • Episode - Cyclone Preparedness: This episode interviews camp residents about cyclone preparation - do they know what to do if a cyclone hits? How do they read the warning flags? We also get advice from SM Taheruzzam, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer for Jamtoli Camp for Danish Church Aid (DCA), and Abdullah from the Cyclone Preparedness Program. Finally, we get health advice from Dr. Meisam from DAM about how to prevent illness in case of cyclone, and where to go if injured.
  • Episode - Child Safety: This episode looks at the safety of children. We talk to a mother whose child disappeared from the camp months ago, and has not been found, and to other parents who are concerned about how to keep their children safe in the camp. Mr. Abdus Salam, the Child Protection Focal Point for Brac gives advice about safety bracelets for children and tips on keeping children safe. Then Monirul Alam, Field Facilitator for Child Protection at YPSA gives information about their adolescent groups and child-friendly spaces. Parents are given advice on how to report any issues regarding child protection.
  • Episode - Cooking Fuel: This episode tackles the issue of cooking fuel in the camp. Rohingya people report that they have no fuel in their community kitchens, and the cost of firewood is expensive. We talk to Md. Anwar Hossain, Camp Officer for BDRCS about kerosene distribution and how it works in the camp. 
  • Episode - Coping With Hot WeatherThis program asks the camp residents how they are coping with the hot weather, and about the problem of lack of shade. Teachers from the COAST Trust School Md. Khalil and Jannat Ara and Rohingya teacher Md. SIddique offer advice on keeping children cool at school. Atiqul Haque, from the Brac Health Post talks about how people can work on their home shelters to improve the airflow and keep cooler, and Dr. Sayema from Brac explains the importance of hydration during hot season.
  • Episode - Women's Health: This episode interviews some pregnant women in Jamtoli Camp about their knowledge of keeping healthy during pregnancy. Interviews with two doctors also give advice for women on how to stay healthy during pregnancy.
  • Episode - Living With A Disability: A high percentage of camp residents are living with some form of disability. This episode interviews some people about their experience, and the difficulty of moving around the camp with physical disabilities and accessing services. Dr. Milon, Medical officer of RIC hospital discusses what type of services are available, and advice is taken from other NGOs.
  • Episode - Looking After Child HealthThis program looks at the issue of child health, and how to keep children healthy in Jamtoli. We interview parents about the issues they are having with their children's health, and with a number of doctors from health facilities in the camp about what is available and how to keep children healthy.
  • Episode - Block Development Committees: This episode explains the role of the Block Development Committees in managing issues in Jamtoli Camp. We interview a number of committee members including youth members, to understand their roles, and we talk to committee heads from a number of blocks inside the camp. A recording of part of a Block Development Committee is included to show how they work to resolve problems in the camp.
  • Episode - Community Kitchens: This episode introduces the new Community Kitchens in Jamtoli Camp. We interview Obaidul Islam Munna, Coordinator, HEKS who are installing and managing many of the kitchens, about how they will work and how people can use them. We talk to community members about cooking practices, and to a Nutritionist about healthy food preparation.
  • Episode - LatrinesThis episode tackles the challenges with the camp latrines. We interview camp residents including women, about their problems with safety, functionality and hygiene of latrines. Kusum Barua, WASH officer from Solidarity International explains the latrine repair program that is underway, and CAID engineer Nazmul Hussain fills us in on the new latrines that are under construction. Dr. Taslima, a doctor at the DSK Medical Health Clinic gives advice on hygiene and sanitation.
  • Episode - Music for Mental Health: There are a number of local musicians who sing and play instruments. Many residents of the camp find the music a nice way to relax. This episode speaks to these musicians about their life in Myanmar and how they found music, and what kind of music people in the camp like to listen to. An imam tells us about his belief in the power of music. We also speak with a psychologist who provides some helpful tips on relaxing in tense situations.
  • Episode - Clean Drinking Water: Rohingya people have asked to know what improvements are being made in access to drinking water. Jamtoli Information Line interviews local residents to find out the scale of the problem, talks to a doctor about the dangers of drinking dirty water and then questions camp management and humanitarian actors responsible to find out what solutions they have planned. The programme also includes messages about how to boil water and use Aquatabs to purify water.
  • Episode - Eid Preparations: Eid-al-Adha preparations - Rohingya people of Jamtoli, adults and children, recall their favourite Eid rituals, while the Jamtoli site manager, Christian Aid, informs the camp community of the plans for meat distribution, and waste management over the festival holiday. A local imam tells the story of the origin of Eid-al Adha, and two local musicians sing an Eid-themed song.
  • Episode - Living Safely With Elephants: In this episode, residents of Jamtoli's H block describe what happened when an elephant came charging into the camp and destroyed several homes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, working in Jamtoli and other camps, explains why the elephant attacked, and provides some useful advice to the refugees on what to do if they see an elephant. An artist from Cox's Bazar explains why he was involved in a campaign to protect the elephants in Jamtoli and other camps.

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