The military conflict in Ukraine’s east has driven thousands of Donbas residents out of their homes, seeking safer abodes and better fortunes in other places across the country. Now they are called ‘internally displaced’, or IDPs, and many of them, literally, have to start their lives from scratch. And it is even more difficult for those families with children. In addition to financial hardship, many families must also cope with the psychological effects the war has had on their children. When the state fails in tackling these deeply emotional issues, volunteers come forward to help.
(A radio station in South Sudan powered with solar with the help of Internews is covered in this article from Radio World.)
BRISBANE, Australia — In Turalei, South Sudan, more than 150,000 people are able to receive Mayardit 90.7 FM, a radio station that broadcasts a variety of news, music and entertainment. Supported by Internews, the radio station is a welcome service for the community, many of whom have little or no education.
On October 25, the President of the Journalists Association of Guatemala (Asociación de Periodistas de Guatemala, APG), Ileana Alamilla; the President of the Press Association of Honduras (Asociación de Prensa Hondureña, APH), Carlos Ortiz; and the President of the Journalists Association of El Salvador (Asociación de Periodistas de El Salvador, APES), Serafín Valencia; met in San Salvador, El Salvador to analyze the state of journalism in the Central America region.
"We need to know more about the peace process in Juba,” said a resident of Thonyor Payam in Leer County, South Sudan. ”We’ve suffered so much in the war and our property has been destroyed. We don’t know what is happening in the city. What is going to happen to us?”
These sentiments are echoed by many people in this remote part of the country.
Loka John sits down on a blue plastic chair in the Singaita 88.3 FM newsroom. The 23-year-old sets his notebook on the table in front of him and flips it open to an empty page. He scrawls a few notes with his pen.
The news meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. John pitches his story idea to the four other reporters, news manager, and journalism trainer.
“I attended a meeting yesterday led by the governor and deputy governor over the conflict near my boma [village] in Budi County,” John said.
A survey of 1,003 IDPs and 1,500 members of host communities in Ukraine was conducted in July-August 2016 by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on behalf of Internews in Ukraine with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, as part of the project “Strengthening Conflict-affected Community Communication (SCCC) for Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine.” The two-year SCCC project empowers local media to better cover humanitarian issues, better inform IDPs of their rights, and provide channels of communication between IDPs and communities throughout Ukraine that are hosting
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For refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, days have stretched into months since the pathways they hoped would lead to Europe were cut off in March. Currently, about 60,600 refugees remain in Greece without a clear way forward.
Journalism trainers, Hsu Hsu and Hein, went to Kone Thar in Myanmar to lead a “Safe Online Space” training organized by Myanmar ICT for Development Organization. When they spoke about how social media can either be used to mobilize communities for peace, or to stir up conflicts through dangerous speech and spreading online rumors, it triggered an open conversation.