Friday, 14 November 2008

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2497

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Bukeni Waruzi on the escalating conflict in Eastern DRC
From: sameerpadania

2. Global Health and Social Innovation Conference at Yale
From: Jennifer Staple

3. Deva Prakash UnSub [creative-radio]
From: Deva Prakash

4. Australia: New codes of practice for community radio
From: George Lessard

5. Omagh, Northern Ireland - Community radio station planned
From: George Lessard

6. Kolkata, India - Jadavpur University radio aims to empower poor kids
From: George Lessard

1. Bukeni Waruzi on the escalating conflict in Eastern DRC
Posted by: "sameerpadania" sameerpadania
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:45 pm ((PST))


I wanted to share this post with you from my WITNESS colleague Bukeni
Waruzi, just published by the Huffington Post. Bukeni is from Uvira,
and worked for a decade in eastern DRC to demobilise child soldiers,
founding and running Ajedi-Ka, and now works at WITNESS as Coordinator
for our work with partners in Africa and the Middle East.
[Full text pasted below for those needing it]

Please also see this video interview with Bukeni:

Regards, Sameer Padania |


The Democratic Republic of Congo: "We're on the Run Again" - Bukeni Waruzi

I was talking to my cousin a couple weeks ago in Goma, North Kivu
province to check on how they are doing, I could hear the sound of
children screaming, the voice of my cousin sounding like someone on
the run and tired, she couldn't speak loudly. She told me, "Bukeni,
our neighbors left already". I asked, "Why are the children are
screaming?" (sic) She told me, "Because they see we're packing our

The day before I talked to her, I talked to my father in Uvira, South
Kivu province; they were all under alert and prepared to flee; talking
about what is going on, he told me "We're on the run again" and added,
"You're lucky Bukeni, you won't be here to flee with us".

People in the eastern part the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC,
have continued living an ongoing nightmare since 1996, where militias,
rebels and other armed groups and the DRC's army are fighting, causing
grave human rights violations: millions of displaced people, thousands
of women are victims of rape and other sexual violence, thousands of
child soldiers recruited, hundreds of social and humanitarian
infrastructures looted, massive killing and assassinations, hundreds
of people disappeared... an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
The war in the DRC has caused over 5 million deaths since 1998.

When the first war began in October 1996 in Uvira, I was student at
the faculty of Economics at the Evangelical University in Africa in
Bukavu (the capital city of South Kivu Province). My colleagues and
friends from Uvira and I had to walk over 152km (almost 94 miles) in
two days. All the roads were blocked and there was no way to get
public or private transportation. In Uvira, a city that is usually
warm and crowded, it was exceptionally quiet and many people were on
the street looking almost on the same direction, north, because the
previous day, 11 people were killed in Kiliba (at 20km northern Uvira,
almost 12 miles) by Banyamulenge combatants. That night, young people,
including myself, were told by local and traditional officials to
organize "Rondo" (in Swahili, means "civilian patrol") to provide
security for the city, but despite huge number of young people
involved, Uvira was taken by rebels of AFDL (Alliance of Democratic
Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire) on October 25, 1996.

On that day, when rebels took over my city, my family and I were not
in Uvira any more. We had fled to the south, to Fizi territory. On the
way to Fizi before reaching the nearest village of Makobola, which is
my parents' native town, we saw thousands of people walking, women,
children, soldiers, men, disabled persons, handicapped persons,
everyone was on the run.

At that time the country was known as Zaire under dictator Mobutu Sese
Seko's regime. The war went across the country and Mobutu was ousted,
and Laurent Kabila proclaimed himself president on May 17, 1997 in

The second war started in August 1998 in Goma and swept across the
country, dividing the country in three parts. The conflict also
resulted in the assassination of President Kabila in 2001.

Each time war came, hundreds of thousands of refugees fled to
neighboring countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia,
Angola, Congo-Brazzaville and Central African Republic. Many others
went to South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The current fight involves the DRC army, rebel groups such as PARECO
and the Mai-Mai, the Interahamwe (the Rwandan armed group accused of
having caused the genocide in Rwanda in 1994) and General Laurent
Nkunda's CNDP (National Congress for the Defense of the People), which
is supported by the Rwandan army.

Massive human rights abuses and the growing humanitarian crisis are
not only due to the rebel groups. The DRC army is also responsible for
human rights violations. Additionally, the country's valuable natural
resources are illegally exploited to benefit the efforts of all
parties in the conflict.

Today, the entire eastern part of the DRC is on maximum alert; Nkunda
has followers and fighters all over the eastern part of the country,
at any time they are ready to strike.

Last Friday, the international community (the UN, African Union and
other influential leaders in the region) convened a high level meeting
in Nairobi to engage the governments of Rwanda and Congo in the peace
talks because it believes that Rwanda, which is a strong supporter of
the CNDP, has influence on the renegade Nkunda, and that President
Kabila Joseph of the DRC can calm his army.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, has
indicated that he will launch investigations for crimes committed in
the Kivus and I am on my way there tomorrow to talk with the ICC about
those possible investigations. That action will help to end the cycle
of impunity, but I'm unsure if it will establish peace. The Ituri
experience has taught us much; the process in The Hague simply takes
too long. The people of DRC can't wait any longer for a solution.

The people in eastern Congo are tired; we have been running for more
than a decade now. We need to sit down, live in peace and raise our

The rape of women has been used as weapon of war, child soldiers are
viewed as expendable and cheap goods, social and humanitarian
infrastructures have become the property of militias, the army and any
renegade faction who can get their hands on these items.

It is enough, it has to end now. I urge you to take action. Here are
three suggestions:

* Write to President Kabila to urge him to stop mass rape, recruitment
of children and bring an end to the conflict:
* If you're a blogger -- embed this video interview talking about the
* Urge your local media to cover this issue -- write to the editor and
write your own opinion piece

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2. Global Health and Social Innovation Conference at Yale
Posted by: "Jennifer Staple" uniteforsight
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:46 pm ((PST))

Many of you may be interested in this international "Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation" conference to be held at Yale University. Please forward widely.

Register Online For 6th Annual Global Health Conference. Registration rate increases monthly.

"Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation"
Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

The Unite For Sight Conference is what CNN calls "A Meeting of Minds"

200 Speakers, Including Keynote Addresses by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Al Sommer, and Dr. Harold Varmus. Plus social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Save The Children, Partners in Health, HealthStore Foundation, mothers2mothers, and many others.

CME, CNE, and CPE Credits will be available for select conference sessions.

Unite For Sight's conference convenes a committed vanguard of 2,500 people from more than 60 countries. The conference challenges students, professionals, educators, doctors, scientists, lawyers, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and others, to develop innovative solutions to achieve global goals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

"Global Health Challenges and Opportunities," Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Former US Assistant Surgeon General, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center; Senior Medical Advisor, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research; Chair, Global Health Program, Meridian International Center

"The Challenges of Development and Making Aid Work," Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

"Millennium Villages: Update," Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project

"Preventing Blindness; Saving Lives," Al Sommer, MD, MHS, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"New Perspectives on Global Health and Science," Harold Varmus, MD, President and Chief Executive, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Former Director of the NIH; Nobel Prize Recipient

Confirmed Leaders of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

"Unite For Sight: Social Entrepreneurship As A Symbol of Hope for the (Poor) Blind Villagers and Refugees in Ghana," James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

"Strategic Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Advancing Global Health," Greg Dees, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and co-founder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

"Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Strengthen Health Systems," Julia Devin, JD, MPH, Director of Programs, VillageReach

"Improving Public Health Delivery Through Social Entrepreneurship," Gene Falk, Co-Founder, Executive Directors, mothers2mothers

"The HealthStore Foundation: Improving Access to Life-Saving Medicines through Micro-Franchising," Scott Hillstrom, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, HealthStore Foundation

"The Impact of the Food and Nutrition Crisis on the Global Health Agenda," Charles MacCormack, PhD, President and CEO, Save The Children

"Health Care From The Grassroots," Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Partners in Health; Director, Institute for Health and Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Plus 200 more renowned featured speakers:

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3. Deva Prakash UnSub [creative-radio]
Posted by: "Deva Prakash" devaprakash_j
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:50 pm ((PST))

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4. Australia: New codes of practice for community radio
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:09 pm ((PST))

ACMA registers new codes of practice for community radio



The Australian Communications and Media Authority has registered new codes
of practice for community radio broadcasting services. The new codes of
practice are the result of extensive consultation coordinated by the
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) during 2007-08,
including public consultation during February and July 2008.

'The codes, which are a quantum improvement on past codes, have been
amended and strengthened to assist the community radio sector in better
understanding their obligations and corporate governance requirements and
we congratulate the CBAA on the energy they've poured into this
responsibility' said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

'Licensees will now be required to have written corporate governance
policies and procedures that support their management, financial and
technical operations, as well as documentation that substantiate their
efforts to encourage community participation. These are all signs of a
rapidly maturing sector.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority
Codes of practice

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5. Omagh, Northern Ireland - Community radio station planned
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:12 pm ((PST))

Ulster Herald (subscription) - Omagh, Northern Ireland, UK

Community radio station planned


At a time when Omagh would appear to be on the cusp of significant
development, it seems timely that the town should host its own Community
Radio station Strule FM in the four week run-up to Christmas.

Strule FM, which will be broadcasting from the Strule Arts Centre to the
Omagh town district on 106.8, is the latest member of the Community Radio
network, one of the fastest growing areas of modern broadcasting.


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6. Kolkata, India - Jadavpur University radio aims to empower poor kids
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:20 pm ((PST))

Varsity radio aims to empower poor kids

Livemint - Delhi,Delhi,India


Kolkata: Thirteen-year-old Piyali Seal wants to anchor radio programmes
for women and does a lifelike imitation of a cat's meow—the signature tune
of a radio station in Kolkata aimed at female listeners. Right now, she's
busy throwing questions on child labour at a guest on the programme she's
hosting with four other children on Jadavpur University's community radio
station, 90.8 FM.


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