AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN – The mission megaphone: a radio to spread peace and announce the Gospel
Monday, July 18, 2022
Tonj (Agenzia Fides) – “Spreading the Gospel” is the motto of the Don Bosco 91.0 FM radio station of Tonj, a Salesian mission in South Sudan in the Bahr al-Ghazal region, which has been broadcasting the signal for 12 years . It is a valuable tool in the service of the community, which was a dream of the Nigerian missionary Fr. Cyril Odia, came true on February 5, 2010 with Fr. Cyril as the first director. According to the note sent to Agenzia Fides, the Salesian radio has now become a medium that serves as a voice for various missionary works: from the parish to primary and secondary schools, from the hospital to the oratory. Its content is broadcast in five languages (English, Arabic, Dinka, Jur and Bongo) and its coverage currently varies between 90 and 120 kilometres. “The program schedule is really complete – we read in the note – the Gospel and the daily mass of the parish are broadcast, in addition to the Angelus, and a place is given to programs on the themes of spirituality, Marian intuitions and the music is generally of the gospel genre”.
There are educational and social contents that deal with issues related to health, gender-based violence, family issues, made in collaboration with Tonj Mission Hospital. The radio is completely self-sufficient from an economic point of view thanks to programs subsidized by local organizations, the local government and advertisements. The revenue covers the cost of managing the signal transmission and the 14 staff. The dream of Radio Don Bosco staff is to be able to install transmitters in all Salesian communities in South Sudan to foster unity and cooperation among young people who attend Salesian works, spread peace and proclaim the Gospel in all corners of the country.
“We want to create a production center that continues the traditions of South Sudanese theater and music. As we are already well connected with many tribes, we can preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of the country,” said the father. Tamil Selva, Salesian from the community of Tonj. The project brings some hope to one of the poorest countries in the world, hard hit by severe drought and famine in recent months. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 07/18/2022)