Darfur: Refugee radio station offers a new voice

May 29, 2007 01:39


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Men driving donkey carts to the market and refugees crouching in the shade finally have something to break the boredom of life in this arid Darfur border village - news, hip-hop and Arabic music coming in on cranky transistor radios. It's Radio Sila, the village's only radio station, funded mostly by US taxpayers and pumping some fun into a violence-region suffering the spillover from the Darfur conflict next door. "People follow our car in the streets, shouting 'radio, radio,"' said Fiacre Munezero, the station's supervisor. "It's a good start." Broadcast from a metal cargo container converted into a studio, the station is run by Internews, a US-based aid group spreading news and music to crisis zones.

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