Happy World Radio Day! At Internews, we love radio, so we’re celebrating with three videos – from New Orleans, Somalia, and the Philippines – that showcase the powerful role that quality radio can play in connecting communities.
As the conflict in Syria stretches into a third year, more than two million Syrians, half of them children, have fled into neighboring countries, along with more than four million people who are displaced inside Syria. Most live in information voids − distrusting of media inside and out of Syria, and with very little access to any media at all.
When disaster strikes ̶ as we’ve seen in the crisis following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines ̶ people return to their most basic needs: safety, food, clean water, and shelter. Along with these, they need information. Access to credible and trustworthy information enables people to fulfill their other immediate needs, and take the steps needed for long-term recovery. Help our team in the Philippines, and in other emergencies around the world, provide the gift of information.
When disaster hits, information saves lives. Internews is currently responding to two major crises: the acute information needs of Syrian refugees and the utter destruction of communications in the Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan. We need your help.
Like many of you, I watched the news from the Philippines over the weekend with great distress as a terrible disaster unfolded. In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce. Confusion and desperation are evident amongst the survivors interviewed just in the Tacloban area.
One woman told a reporter, “I survived the storm but now I wonder if I can survive this….”