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Helmand Voices

Helmand Voices is part of IWPR's Journalism Training and Reporting Project in Helmand Province. Over the past year, IWPR has been working with fledgling reporters in Helmand, increasing their skills in reporting and writing for print; now the project has branched out into radio production.

Trainees have completed an intensive workshop covering recording, script writing, and editing. In addition to learning to use professional digital recording and editing equipment, they have produced radio features on stories as diverse as village wrestling competitions, the plight of refugee families, and helicopter noise pollution.

In a society where illiteracy rates top 70 percent, radio is by far the most important medium for broadcasting information and bridging the gap between the government and the governed. Through its radio project, IWPR will help Helmand's journalists become more professional in audio production, and enable them to reach a wider audience than print alone is able to.

Most of the students have had little prior experience in feature story production for radio. In fact, in the course of the training they helped to create an entirely new genre for Helmand: a sound-rich radio feature, with narrative, quotes, and ambient sound. We hope you enjoy listening.

IWPR
22 Jan 08
Pakistani rupees are more common than afghanis in Helmand.
IWPR
21 Jan 08
The militants insist they will not let other humanitarian workers into the districts they control.
IWPR
5 Dec 07
Officers are demanding money for safe passage on the province’s roads.
IWPR
3 Dec 07
Farmers say they are growing more poppy this year, despite government claims to the contrary.
IWPR
3 Dec 07
People in Lashkar Gah want cleaner streets, and health experts agree it is a priority.
IWPR
3 Dec 07
Fear stalks Karte Parwan residents and hurts businesses at the site of a bomb that killed 30 people.
IWPR
3 Dec 07
Victims of running battles and bombardment say they have had enough.
IWPR
20 Sep 07
Little help available for the thousands of people in a refugee camp outside Lashkar Gah.
IWPR
20 Sep 07
The province’s only jails lacks the funds to provide decent sanitation.
IWPR
20 Sep 07
Young men in Helmand spend all their cash on motorcycles and accessories.

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