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‘For Afghans, Supported by Afghans’

Storytelling in a contemporary context

PACT Radio broadcasts a range of radio programmes, for the betterment of life of people living in far-flung regions of Afghanistan, for whom radio is often the only source of information and entertainment.

Storytelling with a moral

PACT Radio’s main programme is a day-to-day radio serial drama. The show is known as Da Pulay Poray drama. It covers typical issues that crop up in Afghan villages. And it does not just cover issues; in the best tradition of storytelling, it also shows a way to a solution.

           A listener explaining to the PACT Radio audience research time why he likes                                                                                          Da Pulay Poray drama

‘For Afghans, Supported by Afghans’

Since Da Pulay Porgy drama was set up in 2008, it has been supported by a range of foreign organisations, for example UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, as well as  a number of international NGOs. In keeping with its ethos and identity, PACT Radio has now decided to seek support from Afghans, both at home and abroad, for its programmes.

Listen to Da Pulay Poray drama

Da Pulay Poray drama airs five times a week on a network of local Afghan radio stations. Wherever you are in the world, you can listen to every episode of Da Pulay Poray drama on Facebook and YouTube. Check out the links on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/dapulayporaydrama. Every episode comes with a summary in English.

Towards nationwide coverage

You can see in the transmission sheet below where Da Pulay Poray drama currently airs – in an inverted arc from Kandahar in the south-west of Afghanistan to Kunduz and Baghlan in the north-east. Once we have secured support for our operations from Afghans at home and abroad, then we plan to expand westwards, to Balkh, Maimana and Badghis in the north, Farah, Helmand and Herat in the south-west and west, with a view to securing nationwide coverage.

What listeners say about Da Pulay Poray drama

Some comments from our listeners will show you the impact that our Pashto radio drama has, and also the type of topics that we deal with in our storylines:

Helping settle age-old feuds:

A teenage girl by the name of Rukhsar rang in from Aska Meena, in the Shinwari area of eastern Nangarhar. She said that among their relatives, there had been an ongoing feud for 40 years. Two people had been killed in the course of the feud. Recently, the feuding parties learned a lesson from the way Mulla Karim Khan and Malik Bahadar settled their feud in Da Pulay Poray drama. They came to a settlement in exactly the same way as Mulla Karim Khan and Malik Bahadar, giving two fields and a sum of money in compensation, and agreeing to build an educational institute on the land that had been given in compensation. The same thing had happened in Da Pulay Poray drama, with Malik Bahadar handing over a field to Mulla Karim Khan, and a madrassa – Madrassa of Peace (د امن مدرسه) being built on that field. While Mulla Karim Khan became the principal of the madrassa, Malik Bahadar became its main donor. Rukhsar was so grateful to Da Pulay Poray drama for helping end this feud:

«ډیره ښه ډرامه ده ورور جانه»

“It is really a very nice drama,” she said.

Putting an end to forced marriage: Tahseen-Ullah Haseen, a Pulay Poray listener from Alisher district in Khost province, rang in to say that when Zrawar Khan laid claim to Parkha in Da Pulay Poray Poray drama, by firing shots outside her home – a practice in some Pashtoon parts known as ghag (غږ), then a meeting of notables was held in our village. Inspired by the role the local Shura had played in Da Pulay Poray drama, in freeing Parkha from having to marry Zrawar Khan, the meeting in our village decided that if anyone tried to force a girl to marry him, by firing shots in front of her house, then that person would be fined 100,000 rupees.

Support from men, for constructive role of women in contributing to household expenditure: Mohammad Aziz rang in from Rodat district of Nangarhar to say how much he appreciated the story of the Mangeez Markaz – the women’s Mangeez sewing centre – in Da Pulay Poray drama. People were able to learn a good lesson from this storyline. He was pleased to say that a tailoring course was set up for women in his village, after people had listened to this storyline. Listening to this storyline had made people wish for a similar sewing centre in their village, and now their wish had come true.

Qari Hamid from Kabul singled out Kashmala, the founder of the Mange Sewing Centre, as one of the characters he particularly admired in Da Pulay Poray drama: ‘Despite all the difficulties she encountered, she continues to struggle on her own behalf and make a living for her family.’

Hakeem-Ullah from Khost was also all praise for Kashmala: ‘She alone has set up such a big system’ – the Mangeez Sewing Centre. It is Kashmala who makes Da Pulay Poray drama what it is.

Contributing to Da Pulay Poray drama: PACT Radio is inviting Afghans, at home and abroad, to cover the costs of running Da Pulay Poray drama. In order to do this, you can Contact us on our website, or write directly to the head of PACT Radio here:

jmbutt@pactradio.org

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