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29 Jun 2016 description

Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict

In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.

26 Jul 2013 description

26 Jul. 2013

By Andreas Reventlow, IMS Communications Coordinator

“I have stories and poems to give to you, please contact me,” says a caller from Galgaduud in central Somalia in his voice message to Radio Ergo, an IMS-supported radio service providing people across Somalia with vital humanitarian news and information

They say there’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard. In Somalia, a country heavily characterised by its oral culture this is particularly true.

09 Oct 2012 description

As floods in Somalia displace thousands, the IMS-supported Radio Ergo works to reduce possible disasters

Several people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy rains in central Somalia's Hiiraan region caused the Shabelle River to burst its banks on September 28.

The IMS-supported humanitarian radio service Radio Ergo is broadcasting special information on how to lessen possible disasters from the floods in the riverine areas of the Jubba and Shabelle rivers.

22 Jul 2011 description

The famine in Somalia is leaving the country's population in dire need of reliable information on health, human rights and aid services. Radio ERGO tries to meet some of the needs by providing humanitarian information and news to the Somali population

As the people of Somalia and its surrounding countries are struggling with the worst drought in over half a century, the humanitarian radio service Radio ERGO is on the air broadcasting valuable information in Somali on protection, human rights, conflict prevention, health issues, livestock and farming, and other key issues.