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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: The Rohingya crisis, six months on, and saving animals caught up in the war against ISIL

Laura Mackenzie is joined by Kate Nolan, one of Médecins Sans Frontières' emergency coordinators in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and Ammar Khamees, who helped to rescue a bear and lion from Mosul zoo

Rohingya refugees walk near the no man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the area of Palongkhali on October 19, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP
Rohingya refugees walk near the no man's land between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the area of Palongkhali on October 19, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

It has been six months since Myanmar military operations sparked a mass exodus of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority to neighbouring Bangladesh.

But although the crisis has now fallen out of the headlines, on the ground it is only growing by the day.

Rohingya refugees are continuing to arrive at the already overcrowded camps in the Bangladeshi district of Cox's Bazar and, as the rainy season approaches, aid workers are preparing for high winds and flooding — which could exacerbate the spread of disease and illness and destroy shelters.

Host Laura Mackenzie talks to Médecins Sans Frontières' Kate Nolan who is working to co-ordinate the organisation's response to the refugee crisis in Cox's Bazar.

Next up, we hear from Ammar Khamees, the director of an Erbil-based NGO who answered a call to help rescue a bear and lion from Mosul zoo amid the military campaign to retake the city from ISIL.

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Read more:

Months after exodus began, Rohingya see no end to suffering

Two lions saved from wars in Syria and Iraq head to South Africa refuge

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Beyond the Headlines, produced by Kevin Jeffers, is The National's weekly podcast for analysis and insight from the Middle East. Follow, subscribe and rate us at Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Pocket Cast or your favourite podcasting app

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