By Daniel Amule

The Office of the Prime Minister Refugee Department Arua has granted Radio Pacis permission to implement the 6 months Humanitarian Response project funded by OXFAM in Omugo Refugee Settlement an extension of Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement.

The Station Manager Gaetano Apamaku, Program Manager Noel Ayikobua and Donna Juliet the cordinator of Empowerment of Local National Humanitarian Actors from Oxfam  at CEFORD briefed Arua District Refugee Desk Officer Solomon Osakan on the project on 30th may 2018.

The massive influx of refugees in West Nile and Rhino camp refugee settlement has attracted several partners to come and offer services to the refugees in Rhino-camp refugee settlement. However, the services offered sometimes do not reach the targeted population due to gaps in communication.

Many partners use megaphones, posters, and community visits to disseminate information which does not reach all. As a result of communication gap, demonstrations have become the order of the day in the refugee settlements

According to Donna Juliet the cordinator ELNHA project at Ceford in the 6 months Radio Pacis will be providing information and education on humanitarian response programs to the refugees and host communities in Rhino-camp refugee settlements.

She added that the project was expected to start on 1st May 2018 but due to some contractual issues the project will kick off from 1st June and run till 31st October 2018.

The Station Manager Radio Pacis Gaetano Apamaku sighted a case on Wednesday 5th April 2018, in which locals in Omugo Refugee settlement rioted and blocked the roads leading to the camps, disrupting normal operations of implementing partners that are time bound.

He stressed that if these issues are left to co-exist along the normal operations of the implementing partners, there are going to be delays, continuous destruction of property and equipment, fear generated in the partners and even possible uprisings in the refugee settlements.

According to the Station Manager Gaetano, Radio Pacis intends to use the different radio formats such as spot messages, talk shows, Dj mentions, and Community Dialogues to pass information to the persons of concern and the host communities.

In addition to other refugee programs already running on radio; the Programs Manager Noel Ayikobua says a new program slot will be created on the frequency 90.9 to cater for this project.

The Refugee Desk Officer Arua Solomon Osakan granted Radio Pacis permission to run their six months project at Omugo Zone Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement. He appealed to the other partners to take advantage of the cfree radio airtime under the program.

Background

Though a radio, Radio Pacis has for the last five years intervened in the refugee response in the forms of communication. Together with RICE WN, Radio Pacis has for the last five years implemented the peaceful co-existence radio program called “We are one People, Anina Kulu Wahid, Ama Woro Ba Alu” a program that offers a platform for the refugees to air out their views on issues affecting them.

From July 2017, Radio Pacis introduced one free talk show hour for the implementing partners on Radio Pacis 94.5fm every Wednesday to discuss issues of refugee intervention and several issues relating to the refugees have been discussed.

Radio Pacis in 2017, Conducted community voices in Omugo and Arivu sub-county with CEFORD on Risks and Hazards to inform and educate the people on early warning signs and intervention strategies.  End