Radio - the most important info source in Dadaab

by Lifeline Energy


Refugees urgently need information on food distribution, crisis updates, health and other topics. A new report reveals that serious communication gaps between the aid workers and refugees is increasing suffering and putting lives at risk. Despite aid coming in, refugees, especially women, don't have radio access. They miss out on key broadcasts. Prime radios pick-up news important to refugees 24/7. Radio-based education lessons in Somali keep children learning. We're also distributing lights.
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Although food aid is a critical, so is information on where to receive food. A report by Internews indicates that more than 70% of new refugees lack info on how to register for aid, locate missing family members, access health and shelter. The Dadaab camps receive roughly 1,300 new refugees daily - at least 800 of whom are children. The situation is critical. There are more than 400,000 mostly Somali refugees living in the camps with no access to crucial information or even safe light.


Radio is the most popular source of information for both new arrivals and long-term refugees, according to the report and our own experience from working in Daddab since 2007. Working with UNHCR, our solar and wind-up Prime radios, designed for large groups, will tune into broadcasts by the BBC's Somali service & the local Star FM.

Long-Term Impact

There are plans underway to create a community radio station in Dadaab to keep people informed and engaged. Refugee women will have a key role in content creation and presenting. Effective radio-based primary education lessons are already being broadcast in the Somali language; there's just no way to listen because batteries are too expensive. Our LED lights will not only improve the grades of refugee girls, they will provide increased nighttime security and charge phones.


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Lifeline Energy experience in Dadaab refugee camp
Internews report on communication gap in Dadaab

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Lifeline Energy

Location: Cape Town, South Africa - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Kristine Pearson
London, United Kingdom

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