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Saturday 19 April  

Africa in Progress - Radio show: The healing sound of radio soaps

On air: 15 February 2013 5:00 - 22 February 2013 23:55 (Screenshot: Search for Common Ground (sfcg)/YouTube)

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Soap operas are an extremely popular radio format across the continent. They entertain and they educate, but they can also help bring about healing in individuals and societies.

In this edition of Africa in Progress, we learn about Musekeweya, a Rwandan radio drama unafraid to tackle complex, sensitive subject matters, though without preaching to its listeners. The programme has been a sweeping success since it began in Rwanda in 2004, a decade after the country’s genocide. The NGO behind it reports that it’s now also favoured by FDLR rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This show was originally published on our website on 20 October 2009.

Guests: Terence Muhirwa (Rwanda)
Beppie van der Heijden (The Netherlands)
George Weiss (The Netherlands)

Duration: 25’37

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