The Catholic Church in Abyei is organizing an event to raise funds to support the restoration of Abyei FM studios damaged by fire last year.
On 24th December last year, Abyei FM’s live broadcast and production studios caught fire, burning broadcast equipment. The incident forced the station to be off air.
The church will be holding several resource mobilization events in Abyei, starting from Friday this week till Saturday next week.
The Secretary of the Church Fundraising Committee, says the church came with the initiative because radio plays a critical role in keeping the communities informed.
William Ngor appeals to the public for support saying: “I encourage people to stand with the church for the rehabilitation of the radio.”
Two weeks ago, Abyei Information and Radio Service received some broadcast equipment as donation from its long time partner, Internews- an international media development non-governmental organization.
However, some items are still needed for the station restore the studios. Mr. Karbino Dut who doubles as Program Manager and Executive Editor of AIRS hopes the station will resume broadcast either this month or early February.
Abyei FM is a community radio managed by Abyei Information and Radio Service, a non-profit making organization. Begun in 2013 AIRS had been producing two flagship programs which was aired on partners’ radio stations.
Abyei FM is the first and the only radio station in the contested Abyei region on which an estimated 150,000 audiences in and outside the area rely for independent, credible and accurate news and information. It broadcast news and programs in local language, simple Arabic and English language.
In early 2020, AIRS with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Internews, established Abyei 102.3 FM. The station started broadcast in March but its official launching was delayed till 9th December 2020, 15 days before the fire destroyed its studios.