BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA RAMADAN

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ORIGINAL 14-Jun-2018 00:01:44
Eight months ago, Bangladeshi farmer Akhter Hossain opened up his house and heart to dozens of Rohingya families who arrived with young children after making perilous journeys fleeing Myanmar in search of safety. UNHCR
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STORY: BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA RAMADAN
TRT: 1:44
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ROHINGYA / BENGALI / NATS

DATELINE: 21 MAY 2018, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

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21 MAY 2018, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

1. Wide shot, Akhter Hossain taking water from the pump
2. Tilt up, Akhter Hossain taking water from the pump
3. Wide shot, Rohingya family and baby crying
4. Med shot, Akhter Hossain from the back looking at the land
5. SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Akhter Hossain, farmer:
“I still feel like crying when I remember the first time when I met them and saw them wailing. Considering it as a humane act, we took the babies in our arms and changed their wet clothes.”
6. Pan left, village’
7. Med shot, children standing
8. Close up, rooster
9. Wide shot, family in front of house
10. Various shots, children
11. Med shot, family in front of his house
12. Wide shot, Akhter Hossain feeding hens
13. Med shot, Rohingya woman and children
14. SOUNDBITE (Rohingya) Mohammad Kasim, Rohingya community leader:
“It feels amazing to stay at brother Akhter’s place. It’s as if we are staying at our own place in Myanmar.”
15. Wide shot, teenager showering
16. Wide shot, woman carrying baby and children walking in the village
17. SOUNDBITE (Rohingya) Mohammad Kasim, Rohingya community leader:
“In just this short stay, love has grown between us. We forget that we are missing home.”
18. Med shot, Akhter Hossain walking in the village
19. Med shot, three men talking
20. Med shot, Rohingya women talking
21. Med shot, chillies drying
22. Wide shot, men pumping water
23. Close up, Rohingya woman carrying baby and kids behind

STORYLINE:

Eight months ago, Bangladeshi farmer Akhter Hossain opened up his house and heart to dozens of Rohingya families who arrived with young children after making perilous journeys fleeing Myanmar in search of safety.

Today, while he and his family still live in their mud-walled home in the village of Jamtoli, which lies close to a large Rohingya refugee settlement, much of his farmland and area around the family compound has been given over to house 71 Rohingya families, comprising 351 individuals.

45-year-old Hossain said it was a humanitarian gesture.

SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Akhter Hossain, farmer:
“I still feel like crying when I remember the first time when I met them and saw them wailing. Considering it as a humane act, we took the babies in our arms and changed their wet clothes.”

While much of his formerly open farmland is now packed with bamboo shelters, two temporary learning centre built by local non-governmental organisation, BRAC have also opened. Another local organisation has built a deep well on his land, so that water is easily available for all the families.

The family often invite their neighbours to eat with them. They also celebrated Ramadan and hosted an Iftar, a meal taken at sunset to mark the end of the daily fasting during the month-long celebration.

SOUNDBITE (Rohingya) Mohammad Kasim, Rohingya community leader:
“It feels amazing to stay at brother Akhter’s place. It’s as if we are staying at our own place in Myanmar.”

Families living on Akhter’s plots of land didn’t know each other before and had lived in different villages back in Myanmar. But since they’ve all moved to the site, strong bonds of friendship have developed due to their close proximity.

SOUNDBITE (Rohingya) Mohammad Kasim, Rohingya community leader:
“In just this short stay, love has grown between us. We forget that we are missing home.”

Kasim said he and other families will never be able to forget the huge acts of generosity and selflessness shown by Akhter and his family.
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