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My Community, My Radio, My Mahad: The story of a Juba IDP settlement

JUBA, South Sudan – “I enjoy doing the radio program because it makes me feel like a journalist. I would like to learn more about journalism,” said 18-year-old Internews trainee, Riak Akech. “There are many things I don’t know. By talking to

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Kenya’s Community Reporters

NAIROBI, Kenya – I believe in the power of community media to transform communities. In my home country, due to the National Film Board of Canada’s Challenge for Change program from the 1960s to 80s, marginalized Canadians came together to

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Mathare Radio provides local news relevant to Nairobi slums

In 2007, Wairimu Gitau dreamed of starting a community radio station broadcasting in Sheng for residents of Nairobi, Kenya’s Mathare slum. Seven years later and her dream is closer to becoming a reality as she builds ties in the community

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Mathare music centre gives voice to Kenyan youth living in slum

Billian Okoth runs Billian Music Family, a youth centre in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Through music and dance, Billian empowers youth to make change in their community, and in the process giving them a chance to dream of a brighter

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Fight to Protect Girls in Kenya

Mercy Chidi has been called the “Erin Brockovich of Kenya” for her tireless struggle to make her country safer for young girls. She runs a refuge centre for victims of sexual assault, and campaigns to bring offenders to justice. This

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Kenya Slum Upgrading Project in Kibera

Featuring Kibera residents Godwin Oyindo, 24, Hilda Olali, 49, and Justus Ongera, 24.

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Ethiopia’s “Terrorist” Journalists and Bloggers

NAIROBI, Kenya – A cursory glance at the headlines shows that Ethiopia has one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. But the noise generated by the hyperbolic international media is drowning out the critical voices. Political opposition is being strangled by

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