“Radio Wa contributes greatly to peace and reconciliation”
The radio station which set ablaze by LRA rebels in 2002 during the civil war and had since been housed in temporary accommodation has finally been reconstructed. On the occasion of the 47th World Communications Day, May 12th, the north Ugandan diocese of Lira, the new building of the Catholic radio station “Radio Wa” was inaugurated.
Bishop Giuseppe Franzelli told the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the diocese of Lira had been hit hard by the civil war and the station was able to encourage over 1500 child soldiers to flee and return home during and immediately following war. The radio station has and continues to contribute greatly the cause of peace and reconciliation in the diocese.
“We’re now in a phase of reconstruction and healing,” says Bishop Franzelli. The expansion of the radio station has made it possible to more effectively “reach the people and help them with information and advice.” The broadcasts have reached not only Catholics, but the whole population. “The station wants to proclaim the glad tidings. In this, transmission of the faith is just as much part of the agenda as practical counselling. The help we have received to developing Radio Wa encourages us to carry on.”
ACN’s financial support $19,700 followed earlier material support of technical equipment. The funding provided for the expansion has enabled the building of two new studios, and a cabin for live transmissions and offices.
By ACN International – Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada