• Internews Aims to Safeguard Dialogue, Info

    Radio World
    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Internews is a non-profit organization with a mission to “empower local media worldwide to provide people with news and information and the means to make their voices heard.” The association has been operating globally for more than 30 years and today is working in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. Radio World spoke to Brice Rambaud, regional director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Internews about the impact of radio in these countries.

  • Radio by Boat

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    (This story was originally posted on Medium)

    Guy Mayo is captain of the riverboat Dieu merci (“Thank you God”) in the Central African Republic. Last fall, on his regular route along the Oubangui River, shuttling goods and passengers to and from the capital city Bangui to the port city Kouango, his cargo included something new: radio equipment.

  • This Radio Station Is Trying To Heal One Of The Most War-Torn Parts Of Africa

    The World Post
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    (Internews' radio project in the Central African Republic is covered in this article from The World Post/Huffington Post.)

    There is a river that runs through Bambari, one of the largest cities in the Central African Republic. The city’s Muslim community lives on one side of the river. The Christians reside on the other. 

    The river is called Ouaka, and it has morphed from the life source of the fishing and farming community to a bitter dividing line.

  • Caught in the Crossfire

    Monday, October 12, 2015

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    Three shooting stars lit up the sky — one right after the other. In Bambari, a small town of 40,000 in the Central African Republic (CAR), the lack of electricity made the sky seem darker and the stars more impressive than any I’d ever seen.

  • A Radio “Bridge” to Peace

    Wrecked shipping containers and a downed radio tower
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    This story originally ran in Medium.

    Bambari, in the Central African Republic, was a flash-point for conflict between Christian and Muslim communities last summer. Heavy fighting left thousands displaced from their homes.

    The last radio station here was destroyed by the violence in July, 2014.

    Now, for the first time in seven months, a new local radio station is reaching this fractured community.