Radio Barawe has been serving the City of Barawa or Brava and its surrounding areas for 2 years, providing a platform and a voice for those who need it most. Radio Barawe is a charity and receives no core funding was founded by young Bravanese youth which address the issue of rural isolation and lack of education and to contribute to public awareness and participation on issues of human rights and good governance in territories that is transitioning from the effects of conflict through community broadcasting.
The whole station is ran by volunteers, including the management and the board of directors. Unfortunately, they need us more than ever and are struggling to pay our bills and keep the station facilities up to date, whilst keeping our broadcast services at a high level. The majority of the Barawa population live in urban areas or are rural poor and have limited access to education because of logistics or insecurity.
They lack access to even basic information on topics such as health, human rights and current affairs. Rural people have no means to express their opinions to a wider audience or ask questions about issues that affect their lives or the nation. Radio is the means to reach these people.
In 20th April 2020, the Barawa language was once again under attack, authorities in the autonomous region of South West State of Somalia (Maamulka Koonfur Galbeed) mandated a ban on Radio Barawe to not broadcast their shows and news in the Bravanese language.
This has caused a major political backlash from Bravanese communities in the country and diaspora including politicians and intellectuals. As a result, the authorities were finally forced to rescind the ban and Radio Barawa resumed to normal.
Now THEY need us more than ever
If we can not raise at least £10,000 this year, we’re unsure that they will continue broadcasting for another 1 year.
Radio Barawe is an important part of Barawa life! They are here to inform, educate and entertain the people of Barawa, with an ethos of diversity and inclusivity.