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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

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Notes to broadcasters on refugees

The United Nations defines refugees as people who flee their country “to escape persecution, the threat of imprisonment and even threats to their lives. They need a safe haven where they can recover from mental and physical trauma and rebuild their hopes for a better future.” June 20, 2011 marks the United Nations’ World Refugee Day. For more information, visit: http://www.unhcr.ca/wrd/default.htm

Other recent news stories from Congo-Brazzaville (in French only): http://congo-dechaine.info/content/r%C3%A9publique-du-congo-du-mat%C3%A9riel-agricole-pour-plus-pr%C3%A8s-de-100-000-r%C3%A9sidents-de-la-likouala

http://www.congo-site.com/Les-refugies-vivant-au-Congo-Brazzaville-souhaitent-l-amelioration-de-leurs-conditions_a9634.html

Latest statistics and discussion about refugees can be accessed here (English only): http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jun/20/refugee-statistics-unhcr-data

Background information on refugees in DR Congo: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/where-we-work/africa/dr-congo 

Here are two stories on refugees published in Farm Radio Weekly:

DRC: Addressing land disputes through decentralization and mediation (FRW 122, August 2010). http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/08/02/drc-addressing-land-disputes-through-decentralization-and-mediation-syfia-grands-lacs-irin/

Africa: Farming improves refugees’ food security and self-sufficiency (FRW 11, February 2008). http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/02/18/1-africa-farming-improves-refugees%E2%80%99-food-security-and-self-sufficiency-office-of-the-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-refugees/

For additional broadcast material related to refugees’ health and food security, please consider the following scripts:
Health considerations for refugees. Package 67, Script 9, June 2003. http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/67-9script_en.asp

Growing vegetables in a refugee camp. Package 67, Script 5, June 2003. http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/67-5script_en.asp

An innovative farmer grows food for refugees. Package 67, Script 3, June 2003. http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/67-3script_en.asp

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