On behalf of Internews and AJHR, thank you very much for your contributions to this campaign. While we did not reach our funding goal, more importantly, we were able to help our local partner organization AJHR stay on the air in the aftermath of the Séléka rebel alliance takeover of the capital, Bangui. Your donations, in turn, have helped an estimated 1.7 million people in the midst of a humanitarian crisis get the daily news and information to make the best and safest decisions for their lives and for their families.
Current State of the Humanitarian Crisis in CAR
Insecurity, protection and humanitarian access to people in need of humanitarian assistance still remains one of the most serious challenges for humanitarian actors operating in CAR. According to the latest UNOCHA report, "The security situation remained unpredictable with cases of violence including arbitrary killings and armed robberies. However, the humanitarian community continues to provide assistance to the people affected in Bangui and in other regions within the country where security permits.
In the CAR crisis, information is a critical virtual lifeline; especially where physical humanitarian access is at its most limited. People across the country need to know what is happening around them, how to access humanitarian aid, how to protect themselves and get on-going support.
The limited communications infrastructure in CAR compounds feelings of insecurity and reinforces vulnerable communities' sense of isolation. With reliable, accurate information in times of conflict, people can prevent an escalation of violence, ask for and receive assistance, and get out of harm's way.
The Association of Journalists for Human Rights
Internews’ local partner, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights (AJHR) is working around the clock to keep communities across CAR informed. Since the beginning of the crisis, AJHR has continued to report on the security situation in Central African Republic (CAR), Séléka rebel advances and the impact of the rebellion on affected communities on an almost daily basis. Internews is supporting AJHR to continue with its critical work in CAR so that they have the means to keep reporting and sharing their daily news bulletins with local communities. AJHR distributes information widely through a network of 13 community radio stations across the country and through daily e-newsletters that are sent out to hundreds of humanitarian agencies, diplomatic missions and local organizations in CAR. All of the stories they publish are available on their website and on Twitter through @RJDH_RCA.
Where did your donations go?
100% of the funds received from GlobalGiving went directly to our local partner on the ground, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights. Thanks to you, AJHR was able to continue operating under extreme circumstances to continue sending out news bulletins to the network of radio stations around the country.
Your dollars helped to fund and support:
- 13 RJDH Staff
- 34 Community Radio Station Staff at 17 partnering community radio stations
- 18 Local correspondents in remote, information poor areas of the country that lack access to radio
- Most importantly, these news bulletins reached an estimated 1.7 millions listeners, all who listened in to get the news and information they needed to make the best decisions for themselves and their families during this ongoing crisis.
Internews is currently pursuing long-term funding opportunities to keep AJHR up and operating. The short-term help you were able to supply during the onset of the crisis will make a lasting difference to AJHR and the communities they serve. When we contacted AJHR in the aftermath of the crisis they weren’t sure if they would be able to continue to operate given the chaos that ensued after the takeover of the Seleka rebel alliance. Every single dollar helped our local partner continue to send out important news bulletins and support their network of radio stations. That radio tower was not just a broadcast, it was a lifeline – including to those populations living in remote areas.
We will continue you update you on the ongoing crisis and the work that Internews and AJHR are doing in CAR…please visit our website, sign up for our e-newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about humanitarian work and #commisaid initiatives around the world, follow Jacobo Quintanilla, our Director of Humanitarian Communication Programs @jqg on Twitter.
P.S. Next month, Internews will launch its Response and Resilience Fund: stay tuned for more updates!
If you’d like to learn more about this new initiative, or become a founding member of this fund by making a donation, please contact Amanda Frankel at firstname.lastname@example.org
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