• News By and For Refugees

    Dadaab Journalist with headphones and mic
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    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.

  • Disaster communications: covering the 'last mile'

    Disaster communications: covering the 'last mile'
    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    (This article in The Guardian discusses Internews' report "Connecting the last mile: the role of communications in the great east Japan earthquake.")

    In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, from earthquakes to armed conflicts, survival depends on knowing the answers to questions such as: Is it safe to go back home? Should I stay where I am or go for help? Where are my family and friends? How and where can I go for help? Where is the nearest health facility?

  • When a Tsunami Comes, Tweet

    When a Tsunami Comes, Tweet
    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    (Jacobo Quintanilla, Internews director of humanitarian information projects, is interviewed in this story about humanitarian media.)

    COLOMBO, Apr 02 (IPS) - Soon after the deadly tsunami struck Kesennuma city in the Miyagi Prefecture in Northern Japan on Mar. 11, 2011, 59-year-old Naoko Utsumi found herself on the rooftop of a community centre with only one line of communication to the outside world – the email option on her mobile phone.

  • Local Radio Rebuilds Society in South Sudan

    Local Radio Rebuilds Society in South Sudan
    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    (The history and impact of Internews' radio project in South Sudan is covered in this article in Radio World.)

    JUBA, South Sudan — In 2005, after 2 million deaths and nearly four decades of civil war, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement started the process that created the new nation of South Sudan. But peace did not bring an end to conflict, suffering and poverty; all conditions exacerbated by a lack of community media.

    Journalist in the radio studio
  • “People wait for our information”

    Rebels ride in cars
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    “People wait for our information because they know that our reports are trustworthy and correct; that’s really encouraging us to continue reporting,” said Thierry Konde, Coordinator of the Association of Journalists for Human Rights (AJHR), on a phone conversation from Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR).

  • Report Documents Seven Years of Humanitarian Media Assistance to the Darfur Refugee Crisis in Chad

    Two men listen to a portable radio
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    “I listen to the radio all day,” says eighteen year-old Rahma Mohamed Ibed. “In the afternoons to Radio Sila when it comes on air at 4pm, and then the rest of the time I listen to BBC on shortwave or Sudanese radio.”

    “Radio Sila promotes friendship between the journalists, the people in Goz Beida and the refugees. If you have a question and you don’t know the answer, you can call them or text them and they will reply,” he says. “I would really love to be a journalist one day because I see what an important service they provide in the community.”

  • In Memoriam - Philippe Allouard and Leonidas

    Philippe Allouard
    Monday, March 11, 2013

    This weekend the Internews community learned of the tragic deaths of our greatly valued colleague, friend, and Internews Country Director, Philippe Allouard, and of greatly respected IT engineer of the ENDK radio program, Leonidas. They died in a traffic accident on the road between Port-au-Prince and Leogane in Haiti.

    We are devastated by this loss and our hearts go out Philippe and Leonidas’ family and friends during this dark period.

  • New Report Examines the Role of Communications in the Disastrous 2011 Earthquake in Japan

    Cover: Connecting the Last Mile
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake and mega-tsunami that swept away entire towns and villages, leaving over 18,000 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and over 470,000 survivors seeking shelter. Some of the worst affected areas were without power, mobile phone networks and internet access for months.