• Listening to the Citizens of Gaza: Weekly Updates on the Humanitarian Information Response

    Gaza weekly report - issue 15
    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Through radio broadcasts and SMS/mobile communication, Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) in Gaza provides a mechanism for Gazans to communicate with aid agencies and get the information they need to improve their daily lives.

    Internews produces weekly reports about the type of information being broadcast, the main concerns that Gazans are expressing via feedback and results of surveys that have been conducted.

  • Mingkaman FM: Helping to Foster Peace among Cattle Keepers

    A man holds a cell phone
    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Smoke billows from piles of smoldering cow dung at a cattle camp outside the town of Mingkaman, South Sudan. Children covered in ash dump grain bags full of fresh manure on to the ground, beside their makeshift homes.

    Once dried by the sun, they throw it on to the burning dung heaps. This keeps mosquitos from biting and infecting the nearly 3,000 head of cattle, a source of livelihood for dozens of families living in the cattle camp.

  • Raising Awareness about Ebola in Guinea at the Heart of the Epidemic

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Internews had just started working in Guinea to build the capacity of local journalists in conflict-sensitive and humanitarian information reporting when the Ebola epidemic broke out in the south-east of the country.

    Jérémie Soupou, Internews' Humanitarian Liaison Officer, immediately began contacting local media and organizing trainings on how best to report on the outbreak. He met with journalists and gave them advice on how to better report and raise awareness of the epidemic of Ebola raging in the region, and advised them to keep the local population informed on a regular basis.

  • In Gaza, Information Service Makes Connections to Aid and Services Easier: Jossor Ma’Gaza

    Female reporter interviews 2 men outside
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    A humanitarian information service established in Gaza by Internews has been prompting action on issues of concern expressed by Gaza residents.

    In response to a call by Ahmad Najjar from the town of Khuzaa to the Jossor Ma’Gaza Jossor Ma’Gaza (Bridges with Gaza) radio program, hospitals agreed to provide home to home service. “My wife is gravely injured, I have three more injured at home and the Ministry only pays attention to severe cases,” he said. “We are grateful and thankful to your radio program, as you are the only platform through which we can raise our voices.”

  • Gaza Public Embraces a New Kind of News

    Two journalists in the Jossor studio
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    On August 18th, a new radio program, Jossor ma'Gaza (Bridges with Gaza) was launched, dedicated to providing the people of Gaza verified usable information on accessing assistance, aid, and communicating their needs and concerns to the responding organizations and institutions. In an attempt to address the difficulties in communications, the program designed a multi-media approach to reach the affected population in Gaza.

  • No News is Bad News

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    More than a month after the agreement of a cease-fire in Gaza, time seems to stand still for many Gazans, with no clear signal of when houses will be rebuilt and other essential aspects of recovery from the recent conflict proceed. With a donor conference to discuss reconstruction and recovery scheduled for October 12th ordinary citizens still, get by day-to-day, either living in shelters, with friends and relatives, or even in the ruins of their damaged or destroyed homes. Clearly, no news is bad news for the over 100,000 people remaining displaced in the aftermath of the conflict.

  • Iraq's Displaced People Need Information, Not Only Food, Water and Shelter, says Report

    Women with a group of children in a shelter
    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    (Erbil, Iraq, 17 September 2014) - A new report released today by a consortium of UN agencies, NGOs and media development organisations highlights the importance of access to information for Iraqi communities and their ability to cope with the current humanitarian crisis.  

    "Communicating with, and providing information to, people affected by the crisis are two of the most important elements of humanitarian response," Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, said.