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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 15 May 2020

Updated: May 17

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Rohingya refugees stand in line to collect food aid at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh [Shafiqur Rahman/AP]

The World's Largest Refugee Camp Is Now Standing At The Edge Of Catastrophe.

The Cox's Bazar camp in Bangladesh, home to 850,000 refugees, as well as 440,000 locals living in and around the camp, had its first confirmed COVID-19 case within the camp; with a confirmed case outside the camp.

An interview in early May with Carl Adams, a kiwi working at the camp (https://bit.ly/2Wy6Kd9), regardless of preparation, "The best case scenario looks really bad and the worst case scenario is just dire but really the next couple of weeks are going to be critical."

Unfortunately that time has come. It was always likely that COVID-19 would reach the camp, but cramped conditions and sub-standard hygiene mean that preventative measures (distancing, hand washing) would always be difficult to employ.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 15 May 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report. *BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. UNITED STATES – Security: US Considers Returning Cuba To List Of State Sponsored Terrorism

BLUF: The US is reportedly considering returning Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a Reuters source in the Trump administration. (Reuters. See Link) Why It Matters: The report cites Cuba’s backing of Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro, along with Cuba’s refuge to leaders of the Colombian ELN rebel group. Obama’s efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba by removing it from the terrorism list are in stark contrast to Trump’s harder line.

2. MOZAMBIQUE – Security: Soldiers Kill At Least 50 Jihadist Insurgents In The Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado

BLUF: Mozambique’s army has reportedly killed at least 50 Islamic extremist insurgents in Cabo Delgado province, in the country’s Muslim-majority north. The militant group, affiliated with the Islamic State, has continually carried out attacks on villages and government buildings since 2017. (The Citizen. See Link) Why It Matters: African nations across the continent have been dealing with Islamic extremist groups, including Boko Haram in West Africa and al-Shabaab in the Horn of Africa.

3. QATAR – Security (Health): Qatar Makes Face Masks Mandatory Under Threat Of Fines Or Jail Time

BLUF: Qatar has reportedly made the wearing of face masks mandatory for anyone leaving their home, threatening to enforce the rule through fines of up to 200,000 Riyals ($55,000 USD) or time in prison. (Arab News. See Link) Why It Matters: Qatar, despite a small population at 2.75 million people, has had a high COVID-19 confirmed case count at 28,000; although the official death count is low at 14 deaths. Qatar is set to host the World Cup in 2022, with construction continuing. Tokyo’s Olympics were postponed due to COVID-19, as Tokyo struggled to ensure it was still held in 2020.

4. BANGLADESH – Security (Health): First COVID-19 Case Found In World’s Largest Refugee Camp

BLUF: The first COVID-19 case has been reported at the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, home to 850,000 Rohingya refugees, as well as 440,000 locals in vicinity, in southern Bangladesh. A refugee from the camp tested positive, while a local from outside the camp also tested positive. (Al Jazeera. See Link) Why It Matters: Aid workers had previously reported that despite preparations, an outbreak will be catastrophic regardless; due to the cramped living conditions and poor hygiene.

5. CHINA/US – Security: US And China Deadlock Over UN Coronavirus Action Deepens

BLUF: The deadlock between the US and China at the UN security council continues, as other countries such as Germany and Estonia try to ease the stalemate through revisions of a draft resolution; following a call by the UN chief Antonio Guterres for a ceasefire in global conflicts to focus on COVID-19. (Reuters. See Link) Why It Matters: A draft resolution by France and Tunisia made a ‘veiled’ reference to the World Health Organisation, which the US has withdrawn support for.

6. NEW ZEALAND – Security/Political: NZ Police Search For Suspects In Unapproved Facial Recognition Technology Trial

BLUF: New Zealand police reportedly searched for suspects during an unapproved trial of facial recognition tech by controversial company Clearview AI. (RNZ. See Link) Why It Matters: Clearview AI uses images from people’s accounts on sites such a Facebook to form a huge searchable facial recognition database for users of their technology.

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