With UN support, Dhusamareb launches first-ever community radio station

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United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)

Radio Daar Dheer, the first ever community radio station in Dhusamareb, was launched on Friday, July 15, 2022 to provide the people of Galmudug State with a platform to engage in community development discussions.

The radio station is operated by a local non-governmental organization, Dhusamareb Development Organization (DDO) and currently operates six hours a day.

Supported by the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the station has 10 staff, including seven radio journalists, including two female reporters. It broadcasts on the 87.7 MHz frequency in Dhusamareb and its surroundings and is also available live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Radiodaardheer.

When the radio station took to the air at 8.30am on the day of its launch, the first voice heard was that of Galmudug State Information Minister, Ahmed Shire Falagle.

“There is so much enthusiasm for Radio Daar Dheer,” Minister Falagle said after chairing the launch. “We hope it will be the ‘voice of the voiceless’ in Galmudug State. From our side, we promise to support the station and urge it to bridge the information gap and, above all, to focus on social issues affecting people.

With support from UNSOS, Dhobley, Kismayo, Baidoa, Jowhar and Beletweyne have community radio stations that broadcast a mix of hard news, educational programs and in-depth reporting that highlights community issues. UNSOS provides technical support and equipment to radio stations, including transmission masts, studio mixers, FM transmitters and generators.

Since its launch, Radio Daar Dheer broadcasts a wide variety of programs ranging from hard news to health, education, youth and women’s issues, religion, sports, music and culture as well as entertainment for children.

“Our aim is to empower communities in Galmudug State by giving them a platform to voice their concerns, opinions, interests and needs and to tell their stories. Many of our programs aim to educate the listener and encourage dialogue and reconciliation in our community,” said station manager Bashir Mohamed Salaad.

Due to Somalia’s oral culture, radio consumption remains very high throughout the country and radio is the most reliable and easily accessible medium of communication for the majority of the population.

“I mainly listen to programs on issues that primarily concern women, but I also appreciate programs that promote unity, tolerance and forgiveness. I hope the station will increase its programming from the current six hours as it has an important role to play in bringing people together in our community,” said 34-year-old Galmudug resident Fatuma Farah Abdulle, an ardent listener to the radio.

UNSOS has also established five community radio stations: Radio Beer Lula in Beletweyne, Radio Waamo in Kismayo, Radio Arlaadi in Baidoa, Radio Isnaay in Jowhar and Radio Sanguuni in Dhobley.

Distributed by APO Group for the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

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