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Radio Emmanuel: giving a voice to the voiceless

Monday 14 March 2016, by SIGNIS

Brussels, March, 14th, 2016 (SIGNIS). Radio Emmanuel is located in Torit, the capital city of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatorial State. Recently it bought a new 2000 watt transmitter which has allowed it to extend its reach over a much wider area. With the new transmitter, the station hopes to improve its programming, including broadcasting Mass on Sundays, and most importantly, giving a voice to the voiceless.

The station hopes to spread the Gospel and encourage a peace dialogue in the region. Through its daily news bulletin and short programmes it plays a special role in disseminating information because of the high rate of illiteracy in the country. In rural areas people depend on the radio to know about current events.

Radio Emmanuel is part of the bigger Catholic Radio Network (CRN) which serves people in South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. CRN is owned by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference which came up with the idea of setting up radio stations in each diocese. The idea is to promote good governance, peace building and reconciliation as South Sudan is a new nation with a lot of challenges.

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