A landlocked country in northern Africa, Chad has been plagued by internal and external conflicts for decades. Internews began working in Chad in 2005, in response to the dire information needs of thousands of Darfuri refugees fleeing from violence in Sudan into Eastern Chad.
Over the course of seven years, Internews built and operated three radio stations in the region, including training local members of refugee and host communities in reporting, editing, broadcasting, and technical skills. Internews has worked closely with each of the three radio stations to build their financial and management capacities with the goal of promoting their long term sustainability and growth.
Today, all three - Radio Absoun in Iriba, Radio Sila in Goz Beida, and Radio Voix de Ouaddai in Abeche - are independent associations that own the radio stations and the land they sit on. The radio stations broadcast in six local languages (Arabic, French, Massali, Dedjo, Zghawa and Fur), providing access to information to both host and refugee communities. These three stations reach most of the Darfuri refugee population and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps in eastern Chad with news and information from humanitarian partners (UN agencies and NGOs). Internews also established a gender-based violence reporting team that produced the region's first radio program dedicated to the needs of refugee women.
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Internews’ work in Chad over the years had been funded by the Department of State’s Bureau for Population Refugee and Migration (PRM) and Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), USAID, UNHCR, OTI, DFID and private donors.
To read more about Internews’ legacy in Chad and our partner radio station, read Internews Humanitarian Information Service: Chad and the Darfur Refugee Crisis.