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Mayan radio station in Guatemala gets fresh start

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Radio Xyaab Tzuultaq’a leaders and volunteers take part in a workshop on protecting ancestral lands, Maya O’eqchi’ history, Indigenous rights, and women’s rights. Photo: Courtesy of the Asociacion Estorena para el Desarrollo Integral  An Indigenous community radio station in El Estor, Guatemala, is taking a more active role in covering allegations of human rights abuses involving extractive industries in their… Read more »

Climate change displacement on the rise in Kenya, but local media pay scant attention

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By Staff on August 28, 2019   Akeno Ewas Maraka and her children search for wild fruits under a tree in Loberot, Turkana South, in northwest Kenya, where an estimated one million people been affected by the drought, which hit the county in 2017.  Photo: National Council of Churches of Kenya/ACT Alliance An average of 80,000 people are displaced from their… Read more »

WACC, SIGNIS celebrate 50 years of ecumenical TV festival in Europe

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By Staff on August 27, 2019 Theatre director Esther Porcelijn from Tilburg, the Netherlands, with Rabbi Dalfin of the U.S. Chabad-Lubavitch, in a scene from Spot the Differences, which won the Prize for best programme at the European TV Festival of Religious Programmes in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Signis-WACC European TV Festival of Religious Programmes It began with a simple idea… Read more »

Protect the Amazon rainforest, urges WACC-Latin America

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2011 Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest, near Manaus, Brazil. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT – Flickr WACC-Latin America has joined other civil society groups around the world in raising concerns over threats facing the Amazon rainforest, including a recent uptick in deforestation and record-setting wildfires. Smoke from the raging wildfires have covered half of Brazil, according to CNN. “…Care of the… Read more »

Community radio a ‘stronger’ voice for Zapotecs in Oaxaca

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By Staff on August 21, 2019 The purchase of additional radio repeaters has helped Radio Bue Xhidza reach an additional 10 Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. Photo: Courtesy of Radio Bue Xhidza A project that included the purchase of additional radio repeaters, the installation of solar panels, and training for reporters has made Radio Bue Xhidza in Oaxaca, Mexico, a “stronger station”… Read more »

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 »