Text of press release by United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on 3 July
The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur today began a series of radio broadcasts throughout the Darfur region, in accordance with a recently signed agreement with the Sudanese government. According to this interim arrangement, UNAMID Radio will broadcast for two hours daily on Al-Salaam Radio, a one-hour programme at 8.30 and another at 1400, with repeat broadcasts at appropriate times on Darfur state radio stations.
The broadcasts, titled “Yala Nabni Darfur” (”Let’s Build Darfur”), will feature a unique perspective into the lives of the region’s people and present the latest on UNAMID’s activities and its mandate in helping to achieve peace. With television and daily newspapers out of the reach of many in Darfur’s more remote communities, radio is often the only available source of information.
The interim agreement inked on 26 June between the Mission and the National Public Radio Corporation (NPRC) is to last while the government reviews the mission’s application for a radio broadcasting licence, in conformity with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
(Source: UNAMID website, Khartoum, in English 3 Jul 11 via BBC Monitoring)