I can’t see, so when my radio was destroyed in the cyclone, I felt very isolated. Now that I have a radio, I feel like I can see!
A blind Monk in Burma who received a radio after cyclone Nargis
Poor information flow is undoubtedly the biggest source of dissatisfaction, anger and frustration among affected people
TEC Thematic Evaluation
If we understand what is going on, we can be patient
A man talking to the CDA Learning Project in Aceh
I would say that registration [of those in camps] would have been almost impossible without the support of the communications teams
CCCM Cluster Coordinator Haiti
“A community without a radio is worth nothing,”....“People have already realized here that without radio the region is dead"
Internews Humanitarian Information Service in Eastern Chad
Rahma Mohamed Ibed
“What they desperately needed was access to local information in a language they understood – could they go home? Where were the local services and who were all these foreigners who said they were coming to help?”
Mark Frohardt, at the time Internews’ Vice President for Africa
“We were trying to be a community safety valve – to sit the two groups down together and find out how they felt about the problems. If we couldn’t get them into the studio we would send the reporters out to the camps.”
Report Documents Seven Years of Humanitarian Media Assistance to Darfur Refugees in Chad
“I listen to the radio all day,” says eighteen year-old Rahma Mohamed Ibed. “In the afternoons toRadio 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 1 is one of the biggest radio stations in Haiti. It broadcasts nationwide and online to a diaspora audience. The station also has an international landline. It was one of the few largely undamaged by the January 12th earthquake. In particular, the Internet connection survived. One of the first staff members to go back to the station in the hours after the disaster was music manager and DJ Carel Pedre, a well-known Haitian broadcaster and social media enthusiast with a strong Facebook presence and a Twitter feed followed by thousands.
For earthquake-affected communities, local radio stations became essential to survival in the days after the disaster. For many, they were the only way to find out what was going on. Stations were also a source of entertainment, solace and community feeling – a reminder that survivors were not alone.
“I was at home with my wife in Terre Neuve in January one night when I started feeling unwell. I quickly began developing symptoms, including diahorrea. From the IOM [International Organisation for Migration] leaflet we had at home I recognised the symptoms as cholera, and I knew I needed to get help immediately even though it was 1am. We had no car, so we went to the house of René Eugene, who I knew worked with IOM on cholera. He put me in the back of his truck and drove me for three hours to a cholera treatment centre in Gonaives, where they took me in and gave me treatment.
Chimen Lakay (Kreyol for ‘The Way Home’) is a radio project run and developed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), originally in partnership with commercial network Radio Ginen and now with the community station Radio Boukman based in Cité de Soleil in Port au Prince. It consists of a one-hour radio programme and has been broadcasting since August 20th 2010 (1).
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is one of the few organisations that implemented local-level radio work with their weekly broadcast in Leogane (1). Starting in March 2011, they began hosting a weekly 30-minute long interactive radio show about their work on Radio Belval.
Enformasyon Nou Dwe Konnen – ENDK (Kreyol for ‘News You Can Use’) is a daily humanitarian news and information programme produced by media development organisation, Internews, and broadcast through a network of radio stations across Haiti. ENDK is based on similar broadcast models developed after emergencies in Indonesia and Pakistan to provide actionable information and advice on the response to a disaster.
Tripoli/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Libyan Red Crescent are launching today a three-week radio campaign to raise awareness of the risks of explosive remnants of war among the population. The danger exists in different places in Libya, but the campaign is primarily addressing people who are gradually returning to their homes in Sirte and Bani Walid. The heavy fighting which took place until last month left the two cities seriously contaminated by such devices.
When UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon visited Burma, three weeks after the category 3 Cyclone Nargis struck on 2 and 3 May 2008, the Burmese regime finally agreed to admit aid workers. Nargis was the worst natural disaster in the history of Burma, severely affecting 2.4 million people.
From a production perspective, one of the most interesting communication projects carried out in Haiti in 2010 was a soap opera produced by the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The drama series, entitled ‘Under The Sky’, was designed to reflect life in camps while weaving in messaging around issues such as registration, gender-based violence, child vulnerability, post-earthquake traumatic distress and hygiene.