Landmine digital stories - Brief Report

18 May, 2010

Back ground

As a follow-up to this activity to Vila Pisa Bem, CMFD worked with communities in Mozambique to produce participatory programming on speaking out on landmines. The objective of this strategy is to give a casino roulette en ligne gratuit voice to those most affected by landmines, as a strategy to continue raising awareness about landmines as a challenge in Mozambique. Since many of the most affected areas are away from urban centres, these views and voices are sometimes forgotten.

The following workshops have been completed.

- Chibuto - 7 stories and one radio report were recorded in Portuguese and Shangaan, covering issues such as children and landmines, gender-based violence and landmines, military trauma, impact of loss of family. Radio journalists were present from Radio Mozambique in Xai-Xai.

- Chicualacuala – 5 stories were recorded in Portuguese and Shangaan, and journalists’ interviews, covering experiences of landmine survivors (disability), impact on small business (losing things like shops) and personal livelihoods (losing possessions). A radio journalist from Radio Chicualacuala was also present.

- Machipanda – 9 participants attended the workshop, including one deminer, speaking mostly Shona, plus 2 journalists from community stations (Radio Gesom and Radio Manica).

- Govuro - 15 participants attended the workshop speaking Ndau, Xitsua and Portuguese, plus two journalists from Radio Save. We have been working in close collaboration with the Associação dos Jovens e Amigos de Govuro (AJOAGO), who run Radio Save, and we are using their offices for the workshop.

Comments from participants at the workshops

‘I liked the part where I told my stories, it made me think that we keep the stories for us but the country needs to hear it.’
‘I felt good [telling my story] because I let out something I had to say about mines and its dangers; I also had the opportunity to ask the government through the appeal.’

‘It was scary [to tell my story] because I had to remember the difficult times that I went through in my life.’

‘I feel an added responsibility now, because my story will contribute in supporting other communities with the same struggles.’
‘I liked to hear the other participants, who are handicapped, telling their stories it was important for me.’
‘I learnt that from one question or two you may come to know and understand a whole new story, I also learnt to take photography.’
‘I learnt new words like workshop, I didn’t even know what it means; I also learnt that there are different kinds of anti-personnel mines.’

Links with Vila Pisa Bem

At each workshop we have made links with Vila Pisa Bem, either providing copies to any stations that did not receive, or encouraging stations to re-air once they receive the second set of programming.

Organising the workshops in remote rural areas has been a challenge. For example, Machipanda was completely disconnected from the country’s telecommunications system until one week before the workshop began, due to a local systems failure. Chicualacuala has electricity only at night, despite assurances that power was available form 10am to 2pm everyday, meaning that working on the laptop was limited. As well, placing calls to remote areas has proved somewhat problematic, as the telephone systems have been erratic. This has resulted in some delays, and the need to be a bit creative in our approach.

Helping hands
On the other hand, local cooperation has been fantastic. In each location, we have worked closely with local organisations and local government officials to identify participants and run the workshops. There has been a lot of enthusiasm from these people, as well as radio stations, and their assistance has gone a long way in the smooth running of the project. We believe that this indicates that at the local level, there is a clear recognition of the need to present such opportunities to continue to raise awareness about landmines.








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