VOA Rohingya language program “Lifeline”

Publish Time : 20 August, 2019 6:14 : PM

The Voice of America’s Bangla language service started (29 July 2019) a five-day-a-week radio show in Rohingya. the program is called “Lifeline.”

Two years ago, more than half a million Rohingya fled their homes after a military crackdown, and many are now stuck in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.

The Voice of America is now speaking in a new language. VOA is a worldwide radio and TV network.  The U.S. government uses it to offer news and information, especially to places with limited access to information.

It broadcasts in more than 40 languages. And this week, they added one more.

the language is spoken by Muslim refugees that have fled Myanmar. Titled Lifeline, the 30-minute radio show, is available through short and medium wave signals.

The program focuses on the lives and needs of the refugees, providing them with valuable information on security, family reunification, food rations, available shelter, education and health including vaccinations and water purification.

Rohingya language

In addition, a daily segment of the program offers the refugees the opportunity to share their stories, extend greetings to their families and learn about the hazards of joining extremist groups.

One overarching objective of the broadcast is to counter Muslim extremists’ narratives and recruitment efforts in the camps and inform the Rohingya about the U.S. and the international community’s involvement in the crisis.

VOA Rohingya language Service Frequencies & Broadcast Times

  • Broadcast Times:  Daily transmission ( except Saturday and Sunday) 1130 – 1200 UTC. Also repeated at 1300-1330 UTC MW same day.
  • Frequency: 9310 kHz (both via UdornThani – Thailand) and 11570, 12030 kHz (via Tinang-Philippines). Also repeated at 1575 kHz MW same day.
  • Contact Address: VOA Rohingya language section, VOA Bangla, E-mail: bangla@voanews.com

*** First Update: 20 Aug 2019, Last Update: 20 Aug 2019


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