Sunday , May 31 2020
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Da Saba Storay Radio launch

The first thing I am asked about Da Saba Storay Radio – by non-Afghans of course – is what does it mean? The short answer is: it means Morning Star Radio. But there is a longer answer. In Afghanistan, before all the wars started – though the warning signs were …

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Child Labour in Peshawar

bdullah is only eight years old but he works nine hours a day to make bricks in a factory near Jalozia, a camp in Nowshera district for internally displaced people (IDPs).

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Khyber’s musicians in hiding

Hanif Afridi, 30, looks at first glance like an ordinary Peshawar taxi driver – in fact there is more to him than meets the eye. While sitting with him in his yellow cab, he played one of his songs, Meena Rakawa ow ma la meena rakawa (give me love), on …

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Leaving Waziristan

Despite the relative peace of Peshawar, Fazal Habib, still suffers from waking nightmares. “Whenever I sit down to eat, I am reminded of my home in Waziristan. It often happened there that while breaking a piece of bread we would hear some noise, the sound of a drone overhead or …

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Illegal logging in Swat

Abdullah sits roasting green, salt-covered corn over an open fire. Though he is only fifteen, he runs a small cabin for tourists visiting Swat. All around are steep, thickly wooded slopes and opposite a huge mound of rubble – all that remains of the once-grand PTDC Hotel, destroyed by militants …

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Peshawar: a dangerous city unbowed by fear

Adil Khattak eyed the smashed buildings gloomily. “I was standing not far away when I heard a small explosion. I rushed to the site and saw three people lying on the ground, injured. About ten minutes later there was a much more powerful explosion – I had no idea what …

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New expansion of PACT’s cross-border coverage

Three more radio stations will this week commence broadcasting PACT Radio programs. This significant expansion of PACT Radio’s broadcast network means that more people than ever will be able to benefit from PACT’s unique brand of needs-based journalism.[:]

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PACT launches Borderline magazine

This week sees the launch of PACT’s new weekly magazine Borderline. The magazine, printed in Pashto, will be distributed throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is PACT’s first move into print and represents an important expansion of its unique solutions-oriented brand of journalism. Topics covered in the first issue include: women’s …

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Madrassah training centre launched

PACT Radio has launched a Madrassah Media Training Centre in Lakki Marwat, a district of Khyber Pukhtunkhwah Province. Students from both madrassah and state-run schools, from areas including Lakki Marwat, Bannu and DI Khan, took part in the five-day course entitled “Radio for Peace Building”. The course was held in …

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PACT expands cross-border coverage

Two new radio stations in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan are to commence broadcasting PACT Radio programmes. Nan Radio FM 99.9 and Spin Ghar Radio FM 89.4 broadcast to areas on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, including Mohmand Agency in Pakistan. The radio stations will air a wide range …

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PACT success stories

PACT journalism is about giving ordinary people a voice and, in doing so, helping them to find solutions to their own problems. Many of the problems in the cross-border region are intractable. However, it is possible to make things better, one small step at a time. Below are some examples …

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Drug Addicts in Kabul

Drug addiction is on the increase in Kabul. PACT Radio investigated some of the reasons for this, along with the views of ordinary people. According to the United Nations there are more than one million drug addicts across Afghanistan. PACT Radio reporters sought to investigate this and found that the …

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