Abyei Radio has temporarily reopened for emergency broadcasts.
The Abyei Information and Radio Service (AIRS), which owns Abeyi FM 102.3, has stated that the radio, which was shut down last month due to insecurity, resumed broadcasting on Wednesday.
On May 17, the station was shut down owing to the restart of hostilities between Twic and Ngok youths.
Deng Korchek, one of the station’s administrators, indicated on Thursday that the station has opened temporarily for emergency broadcasts since the security situation is still fluid.
“As I talk to you, it is verified that it (radio) restarted yesterday” (Wednesday). We had been testing since May 31st, and it began on June 1st. “The programs begin at 6 a.m. and last at 9 p.m.,” he said. “Because this is a temporary and emergency operation, it works 9 hours a day, 4 hours in the morning and 5 hours in the evening.”
“We decreased the working hours since the majority of our employees are currently working in Abyei town,” he continued, “and once the security is assured, we will completely restart.”
The return of radio transmissions delighted listeners.
According to Gadafi Chol, a frequent listener of the station in Abyei, the radio broadcasts encourage peace and harmony among the people.
“Radio is excellent because it teaches us tales about individuals we don’t know, it brings people together, and it explains topics that people don’t comprehend.” He stated. “I was overjoyed when it resumed yesterday (Wednesday) since I adore listening to the radio.” The fragile region needs radio to provide precise information about what is happening.”