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News spreads quickly around the world in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Details, videos, and testimonials circulate on the web and via media outlets within seconds of a natural disaster or the outbreak of violence.
But for people in the midst of the crisis, getting information is usually much harder. Power goes down. Mobile networks fail. Local journalists can be victims and even become targets themselves, unable to report out. And survivors are often left to rebuild their lives with no effective means to communicate with those providing aid.
In 2010, Internews Network commits to deepening the innovative use of new technologies in its future emergency and humanitarian media response programs, enabling disaster affected populations better access to humanitarian media information.
"People need to have the confidence that they will be able to return to their homes"
Q: After your recent visit to Vavuniya and also after Foreign Ministers Miliband and Kouchner's tour, have you noticed any changes in the situation here in Sri Lanka?
A: Unfortunately it has been a somewhat frustrating time because we seem to be stuck without a way to move forward. The main preoccupation is how to ensure the safety of tens of thousands of civilians still trapped in that small pocket of land we now call the conflict zone, not a safe zone, how to …
Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.
The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.
The Asian earthquake and tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004 was one of the deadliest catastrophes in modern history. It killed some 230,000 people and left countless homeless.
The disaster also devastated the media sector in affected countries just at a time when survivors urgently needed information about the extent of the damage and the relief effort. Radio antennas and transmitters were washed away, printing presses smashed. Many journalists were killed or injured.
The Indonesian province of Aceh was one of the hardest-hit areas.
By Annette Makino, Internews Senior Vice-President for Communications and Corporate Affairs
From a 20-foot cargo container perched on cinderblocks in the middle of a frontier town in Chad, Radio Absoun is making a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the genocide in neighboring Darfur, and the lives of Chadians affected by their arrival.
The radio station broadcasts a mixture of news, information and music for six hours everyday.