Thursday, 18 August 2011

[creative-radio] Bush Broadcaster Keeps Remote Papuans Connected

West Papuan radio presenter Kathe Vince Dimara is a firm believer in the
power of information.

Kathe was born and raised in Kurima, in the isolated district of Yahukimo in
central Papua, where about 50 percent of the population of nearly 11,000 is

Kathe was among the few residents of her village to receive a formal
education, and even more unusually, went on to study communications at
university in Jayapura.

Despite living in an area rich in natural resources, most residents of
Yahukimo struggle with poverty.

Electricity, the 30-year-old Kathe said, is not something that most people
there will ever use in their lifetime. Only those who can afford kerosene
can have a light in their *honai*, or traditional hut, at night.

With almost no communication infrastructure available, Yahukimo's
geographical landscape, mainly made up of mountains and rivers, makes it
difficult to get information to residents.

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