Health considerations for refugees

| February 2, 2015

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This week’s story from Kenya talks about life in a refugee camp. So does our script of the week.

Unfortunately, the needs of refugees during a crisis are not always addressed by local or international media. Instead, the media may focus more on providing foreign journalists with information on what relief agencies are doing. But refugees often need information which helps them take a more active role.

Before broadcasting information to refugees in your region, educate yourself about who they are. Where are they located? Do they live in official or unofficial camps, on a short-term or long-term basis? What kinds of problems, including local epidemics, do they face? With this knowledge, you can provide valuable information that other media may not provide.

These radio spots can help start discussions about the physical and mental health problems that affect refugees in your area. One way to use these spots is to do a role play. You are a visitor (or maybe a resident) walking through the camp. As you go, you overhear different conversations. There are some sound effects in these spots, but to produce them you will need only a drum, two glasses, and some cheerful music.

The information contained in the intro to each scene is intended only as a guide. Depending on whether you air the spots on the same day, or over several days or weeks, you might want to include additional information – reintroducing the topic, setting the scene, or recapping some of the information.