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"Beyond Bullets: Challenges and Aspirations of Rohingya Refugees in the Digital Space"
Faheem Hussain, a new faculty member at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, will reflect on his recent visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in the bordering region between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted populations in the world today. Some 655,000 of them have crossed into Bangladesh in the past six months to escape systematic violence.
In the camps, the absence of internet access and other information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures threaten to keep the Rohingyas cut off from the rest of the world. They are also not allowed to legally access local SIM cards, aggravating inequality and vulnerability, especially among women and adolescents.
In this presentation, Hussain will highlight on the possibilities of sustainable synergy among low-power FM, GSM phones and barefoot social network to address the asymmetry of information availability and access in the refugee camps. He will furthermore talk about the scopes of refugee empowerment using ICT enabled education and an inclusive Needs Assessment Framework for displaced populations worldwide.