In Somalia, the United Nations Support Office (UNSOS) has collaborated with local Non-Governmental Organization, Dhusamareb Development Organization (DDO), to launch a community radio station in Galmudug State (Dhusamareb).
Launched on Friday, 15 July 2022, Radio Daar Dheer will provide the people of Dhusamareb with a platform to engage in discussions on community development.
Operating for six hours daily, the station has ten members of staff, seven of whom are radio journalists, including two female reporters.
Speaking at the launch, Galmudug State Minister of Information, Ahmed Shire Falagle, said, “There is so much excitement about Radio Daar Dheer. We hope it will be the ‘voice to the voiceless’ in Galmudug State. On our part, we promise to support the station and urge it to bridge the information gap and to, importantly, focus on social issues affecting the people.”
Bashir Mohamed Salaad, station’s director, said, “Our focus is to empower communities in Galmudug State by giving them a platform to express their concerns, views, interests and needs and to tell their stories. Many of our programmes aim to educate the listener and encourage dialogue and reconciliation in our community.”
Salaad also mentioned that Radio Daar Dheer will broadcast various programmes ranging from hard news to health, education, youth and women matters, religion, sports, music and culture, and children’s entertainment.
Radio consumption remains very high across Somalia, and radio is the most reliable and easy-to-access communication medium for most of the population.
UNSOS has also established five community radio stations in the country, including Radio Beer Lula in Beletweyne, Radio Arlaadi in Baidoa, Radio Waamo in Kismayo, Radio Isnaay in Jowhar and Radio Sanguuni in Dhobley.