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>> Terrified, exhausted, and desperate for news from home, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, fleeing Myanmar into Bangladeshi camps, often carry little. But they do have cheap mobile phones. And with few new sources closely covering the violence they fled from, audio and video messages on WhatsApp have sprung up to fill the gap.
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Reuters' Antoni Slodkowski explains why its become a kind of community radio among refugees.>> There simply isn't any other way of communicating. Radio stations aren't really sort of as widespread. And there isn't always network coverage. So people record those messages and then they listen to them in places where they have some better phone reception.
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The Rohingya don't really have a sort of a very kind of widespread written language. And many of them are illiterate and haven't really been properly educated because of the years of oppression and apartheid-like system they've been subjected to. So very often it is the spoken language that's the most prevalent and that's sort of easiest to use.
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And that's also where WhatsApp comes in handy.>> Typical messages include grainy footage of violence, lists of missing people, or even tips on how to adjust to life in the camps. But these messages are unregulated. And some in the camps told Reuters old or inaccurate reports are common.
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And sometimes mixed in with the news are opportunities for voices keen to push an agenda.>> It sprung up as this way of communicating between people because they needed to check on their parents or children who maybe got lost somewhere in the chaos among this massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of people.
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And also Rohingya insurgents who try to sometime infiltrate these groups and spread their messages to the wider population.>> Refugees told Reuters they worry that Bangladeshi security forces want to monitor the broadcasts and are looking in the camps for insurgent supporters. That's pushed some listeners indoors. One group saying they gather at night to huddle over the phone instead.