A great piece on the power of peace radio in Uganda by my colleague Adam Bemma.
KAMPALA, Uganda – There is a corner in towns and cities across Uganda where there stands a memorial to the lowering of the Union Jack in 1962, which signaled the sunset of British colonial rule and the dawn of independence. In the northern city of Gulu, the monument is situated near the building which houses Mega FM, charged with transmitting a powerful message not only in Uganda, but to many parts of East and Central Africa.
John Lacambel, a 64-year-old father of 13 children, passes this independence memorial every day for the last 11 years as he enters the Mega FM studio. As he strides down the station’s hallways, he passes certificates of appreciation which adorn the walls. These accolades have been showered on Mega FM to support its peace-building efforts via the radio dial in northern Uganda.
Leading these efforts…
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