Women's radio station in Senegal ravaged by fire
Crossroads was saddened and surprised to learn that the women's community radio station run by partners in Dakar, Senegal was severely damaged in a fire. Local partner ALTERCOM, reports that the entire infrastructure of Manooré FM has been destroyed.
"The newsroom, production and broadcasting studios, toilets, everything has been destroyed. Hundreds of millions of dollars [CFA francs vanished] lost in flames, as the studio had recently been renovated," explained ALTERCOM Executive Director Ms. Fatoumata Sow.
Thanks to the outstanding support and fundraising activities of many Crossroaders, like Fatimata Kane and Lawrence Scanlan, the radio station had recently invested in a new transmission antenna and upgraded some of its equipment.
Since 2002, Manooré FM has been a vital means for Senegalese women to voice their concerns and learn about the issues that affect their lives. From disseminating important reports, to programs dedicated to promoting women’s rights, to increasing women’s participation in social debates, Manooré is a platform for change. Critically, the radio station also raises awareness about violence against women.
Currently it is difficult to say when or if Manooré will be back on the airways. Crossroads and ALETRCOM are currently working to assess the extent of damage and the possibilities of reconstruction.
On behalf of the entire Crossroads' community, we express our sympathy to the journalists, volunteers and staff at Manooré FM, as well as to their numerous listeners.