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

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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