President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries has been disturbing to many, including myself. I work with two videographers from Somalia who regularly travel back Mogadishu and Nairobi to see family, and this may now be up in jeopardy. This also touched me personally because my whole family immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in the 1970s so I could have better opportunities. Many of them also have green cards. I worry about how Trump will expand the order in the new future.
I have been lucky to meet with many immigrants and refugees throughout the years through my work at Global Wire Associates, where we provide basic computer literacy and media development training to those who support making communication accessible to all.
Many immigrants and refugees depend on clear and concise news and information to stay abreast of issues directly affecting them. Internews in South Sudan has developed an innovative recorded audio program to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced at four of the UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites across South Sudan following the conflict in that broke out in that country in mid-December 2013. The service utilizes a quad bike that moves around the site playing the programs in dedicated public spaces, at “Listening Stops”, through speakers that are bolted to the bike. A USB flash drive with the twice weekly professionally produced program is plugged into speakers.
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