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Mar 22, 2019

New Video: See the Internews Team in Action

Video screen grab
Video screen grab

When Internews first started working with the Rohingya and host communities in and around Cox's Bazar more than a year ago, there was widespread confusion, stress, and tension due to a lack of easily accessible, trusted, clear information. Since then, Internews has been working in coordination with other partners, and with members of both communities, create a robust information ecosystem where everyone is able to get the lifesaving information they need and share their concerns and questions with the responding humanitarian organizations. A team of community correspondents have been trained and working as citizen journalists and trusted sources of information in the camps for a year now, and we are excited to share a new video that shows the work they are doing and its positive impact for the Rohingya and host communities living in and around the refugee settlements. Get to know some of the correspondents and other Internews team members working Cox's Bazar, see the work in action, and learn more about how episodes of Shantir Lai Kotha Koi (Talking Peace) are produced and shared. 

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Jan 4, 2019

Kabar Sulteng Bangkit - Central Sulawesi Rising

In the weeks and months following the tsunami and earthquake that struck Sulawesi in September 2018, Internews mobilized with Indonesian partners, Aliansi Journalis Independen (The Alliance of Independent Journalists—AJI) and Katadata (a data journalism news outlet) to establish Kabar Sulteng Bangkit (KSB), or “The News of Central Sulawesi Rising.” KSB was launched on Facebook in November 2018 with two editors from AJI, one Facebook page admin from AJI, and four local journalists from Palu, Sulawesi’s capital city and an area that was hit especially hard by the disaster. KSB’s mission is to distribute inspiring content that: taps into local wisdom, especially that which relates to disaster mitigation; is from the victim’s perspective; is gender sensitive; and does not link disasters with ethnicity, race and religion issues, while providing valuable, practicable information for recovery and resilience.

To ensure that people have access to up-to-date recovery and aid information, and to help aid organizations respond to the needs of communities, KSB is actively collaborating with the Indonesian Red Cross, Save the Children, ERCB - the Emergency Response Capacity Building Consortium, Nebula FM Radio, Recover Radio and two local televisions: Palu TV and Radar TV. To raise awareness of the new local news source, KSB held a press conference, aired live on Recover Radio 91.2 FM Palu. The conference topic was, Debt Relief for Victims of the Disaster: Is It Possible?, and held a conversation with representatives from the Indonesian Consumer Institution Foundation, the Financial Services Authority, the Central Sulawesi Regional Representative Council, and moderated by the chair of AJI’s Palu chapter.

In December, KSB held two more press conferences to inform the public: Shelter Disputes - Temporary Shelter: is It Fair for All (including women, children, and disabled people)?, and What is the General Plan for Spatial Planning in Central Sulawesi Post Disaster: Will It Consider Disaster Mitigation?. These press conferences are giving people a chance to hear from local leaders and air their concerns in an open forum.

Since its launch, KSB has grown in followers week after week. It now has more than 4,350 followers, gaining close to 1000 new followers since late December 2018. Its most popular story to date, on the history of place names and how they relate to disaster mitigation, reached more than 100,000 people, and was shared or commented upon more than 5000 times. To see the latest stories (in Bahasa Indonesia), you can follow KSB at www.facebook.com/kabarsultengbangkit.

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Petobo after the liquefaction of the ground
Petobo after the liquefaction of the ground
Jan 3, 2019

Photo Camp Puerto Rico: Documenting Recovery

Student Photographer with Her Subject
Student Photographer with Her Subject
Since our last report, the InfoAsAid team continues to put out a weekly newsletter. Last week Contigo: Experiencias Communitarias sent an edition focused on Vieques, with stories about an underwater clean up effort at Mosquito Pier, an interview with the Director of Scientific Research and Community Relations at the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, and local stories of resilience and rebuilding in the municipality. 
We are also excited to share this article about our recent photo camp with National Geographic! National Geographic sent three professional photographers to spend a week with local college students and the InfoAsAid team to create photo essays documenting life in four locations across Puerto Rico. You can see some of their photos here, but click to the article to read more including some photo essay highlights!
Thank you again for your support and happy new year from the Internews InfoAsAid team!
In the Cano Martin Pena neighborhood of San Juan
In the Cano Martin Pena neighborhood of San Juan

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