Dadaab, Kenya

Currently home to more than 403,000 refugees, Dadaab Refugee Camp in Eastern Kenya faces serious ongoing security concerns, as well as regional political tensions. In this landscape clear, accurate and accessible information on humanitarian issues and services is vital.  In 2011, Internews worked with Radio Ergo/IMS, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Star FM of Kenya to conduct an in-depth assessment of the information needs of refugees living inside the Dadaab camp. 

Based on the assessment findings, Internews launched the Dadaab Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) to help refugees access critical, lifesaving information and improve two-way communication between themselves and aid providers. With joint funding from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Directorate (ECHO) and in collaboration with local, independent Somali language radio station Star FM, Internews set up a fully operational radio station and training center in Dadaab to produce and broadcast news and information to local and refugee Somali communities.

The Somali language program Gargaar (meaning "assistance") is broadcast daily. Listeners enjoy a range of issue-led programs, from water access in the camp to new camp health care services.

Internews trains young journalists from the refugee and host communities in radio production and humanitarian reporting skills. These youth journalists are able to produce content for local broadcast and provide an important voice for their community.

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