By Nyima Jadama
The long-awaited project ‘Listen’ would finally made it to the air waves of Radio Dreyeckland on 102.3 mhz’ in Freiburg. The well-coordinated first edition of the seven-month pilot project for refugees is expected to commence on 28th June.
It will be hosted by a five transitional team of journalists, namely Nyima Jadama of The Gambia, Mohammad Albayoush, Syria, Rubbie Traore, Togo, Abdullag Yasa, Turkey and Rufine Nadege Songue of Cameroon.
The well-tailored Radio talk show is expected to look at various aspects of human interest development stories with a specific focus on Refugees and Migration issues in Germany and beyond.
“Our Voice”, a multi-lingual radio program for refugees, as well as to the population of Freiburg and its surrounding will be broadcasted on the second and every fourth Wednesday of the month from 16-17hrs.
Explaining the motive behind her participation in the project, one of the participating journalists Rufine Nadege Songue of Cameroon had this to say; “In the media, fugitives are often portrayed as a criminal threat or as a poor victim who needs to be helped, many of them have enormous potentials. They are people who want to live a normal life and strive to gain a better perspective in the German society.”
She said their objective is to make people who are fugitives visible as people who shape their lives and participate in social co-operation.
Mohammad Albayoush of Syria, said; “In our voice some editors want to put personal interviews in the forefront in which refuges themselves can be heard and their perspectives audible. We would also like to invite Germans and fugitives to the studio. People who do something to each other, whether they are drinking coffee or developing a theater together etc,”.
The participating journalist who has worked as a photo and video journalist in Syria during the war added that there are practical tips for other refugees and reports on current developments in social policy around escape, asylum and migration, and all this multilingual – an experiment.