In honor of World Refugee Day, June 20, we are highlighting programs that serve refugees with accurate and reliable information that they produce themselves.
In crises around the world, information saves lives. Internews supports local media to enable people in the midst of a disaster to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. Many of these humanitarian communication initiatives serve refugees and internally displaced people.
In Dadaab, Kenya, Somali Refugees Inform Their Community: Inside the world’s largest refugee camp, the Dadaab complex in southeastern Kenya, Internews is giving a voice to an unheard community of nearly half a million Somali refugees.
By nurturing a new generation of radio journalists among displaced Somalis, Internews, supported by ECHO and OTI, is ensuring that they can inform their community on humanitarian and other issues vital to their survival. These refugee-reporters are also broadcasting their needs to the aid groups serving them. See Refugee voices at the heart of new radio programme and An unheard community of Somali refugees gets its voice.
In Côte d'Ivoire, Community Radio Promotes Reconciliation and Social Cohesion: Across the western-most region of Côte d'Ivoire, the part of the country most affected by the 2011 political crisis, Internews Europe has set up eight community radio stations. The project focuses on the border areas that remain the most conflict-prone and suffer most from a lack of information, and it specifically targets internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees who are still in Liberia.
This ECHO-funded project aims to support long-term reconciliation between different ethnic groups, as well as address the lack of information that contributes to fuelling the conflict on a daily basis. Internews is forming radio listening groups, training local mediators, and establishing a Coordination Centre for the community radio stations.