Monthly Archives: August 2019

Dig deeper into plight of displaced persons, report urges Nigerian media

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Attacks by Boko Haram and military operations have displaced 2.4 million across northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon’s Far North, southeast Niger, and Western Chad. Media needs to do a better job in reporting about them, says a media monitoring project, which also notes that women are rarely quoted in stories about Internally Displaced Persons and refugees. Photo: Espen Røst / Bistandsaktuelt Nigerian… Read more »

ACT Alliance responds to migrant, refugee crisis in the U.S.

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By Staff on August 16, 2019 Migrants from Guatemala sleep in the main square of Tapachula, Chiapas, after crossing through southern Mexico, where they hope to join other Central American migrants bound for the U.S.  Responding to pressures from the Trump administration, Mexico has deployed thousands of troops to stop migrants, who say they are fleeing violence and poverty. Photo: Sean… Read more »

What would MacBride say about the Digital Age?

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By Staff on August 14, 2019 A radio presenter in the cabin of the Lutheran radio station in La Paz, Bolivia. The penetration of media and telecommunications is relatively low in Bolivia. Only 75.5% of Bolivian households have radio, 66.5% have television, 60% have telephone (mostly cellular). Internet access is the lowest in the region — 9.6% of households. Read an… Read more »

Hearing the voices of young people

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By Staff on August 12, 2019  Egzina Sanon (L) and Dashline Exuma do their homework on the porch of their family’s home in Ganthier, Haiti. Mission Sociale des Eglises Hatiennes, a member of ACT Alliance, helped their family and other residents rebuild their homes after their village was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance. International Youth Day,… Read more »

WACC urges policymakers to revitalize Indigenous languages

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By Staff on August 07, 2019    An Indigenous Quechua boy from Cusco, Peru.Quecha is the Indigenous language of the Inca empire and is spoken by 4 million people in the country. Photo: Ben Ostrow/Unsplash On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, WACC is drawing attention to the urgent need to promote Indigenous languages at both national and international levels…. Read more »

‘Communal’ commitment needed to revitalize Canada’s Indigenous languages

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  In Canada, a growing number of people are learning an Aboriginal language as a second language, according to Statistics Canada. However, the number of people with First Nations language as their  mother tongue is declining, since most of them are ages 65 and over.  Overall, only 16% of Canada’s 1.5 million Indigenous people are able to conduct a conversation… Read more »