Sudan Referendum: Local Media Help Citizens Understand Voting Issues and Cope with Health Concerns, southern Sudanese citizens will vote either to form an independent nation or to remain part of a united .
Because over 120,000 people have arrived in Southern Sudan since the beginning of November 2010 to participate in the referendum, there are fears of a widespread in the region.
Community station Radio Miraya in Southern Sudan took the initiative to increase its humanitarian messaging and reports to help affected population in the event of a new emergency, with the support of two humanitarian media specialists from Internews.
|"It is the first time for my community to have a referendum so it is important for them to be educated and well informed of the steps that they will need to follow. If they understand the forthcoming referendum well, then they will be able to make the right decision either to vote for unity or separation." |
– James Keer Noon, Nhomlaau FM reporter
Transportation for both organized and spontaneous returns in many areas has helped to prevent congestion in transit sites and ensure that returnees reach their final destinations. However, spontaneous transit sites with close living conditions have contributed to increased risks of communicable diseases like measles.
Despite current efforts from the Government of Southern Sudan and the international community, there are fears of a widespread humanitarian crisis in a region that almost entirely depends on foreign aid. In Southern Sudan, one of the poorest and most underdeveloped regions on Earth, a girl under 15 has a greater chance of dying giving birth than finishing primary school.
Radio Miraya in Southern Sudan took the initiative to set up a stronger information flow structure to increase its humanitarian messaging and reports to help the affected population in the event of a new emergency. In support of this initiative, two humanitarian media specialists from Internews are working with Radio Miraya to support the production of emergency messaging and humanitarian news and information ahead of, during, and after the week-long voting period that will determine the political future of the country. ( Full story)
Based on these interviews, the staff created a series of public service announcements (PSAs) about important details such as voter eligibility, how to register, and how to vote. The PSAs also explained the differences between the referendum for southern Sudanese to choose separation or unity, and the concurrent referendum for residents of the Abyei border region to choose whether to belong to northern or southern Sudan.
Reporting for Peace