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Catholic Charity Donates Radios to Mozambicans in Remote Villages to Connect Families

The studio of Rádio Sem Fronteiras in Mozambique. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Pontifical and Charity Organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has facilitated the purchase of solar-powered radios for inhabitants of Cabo Delgado, the Northernmost province of Mozambique to keep families that have been separated by violence connected.

More than 700,000 people have been displaced by ongoing violence in the country, ACN reports, adding, “News of burned-out villages has become commonplace in this region.”

Even before the ongoing crisis, access in remote villages in Mozambique was difficult, the pontifical charity organization reports, adding that radio has been a powerful tool of evangelization in the country.

“Access to the remotest villages and settlements was difficult, owing to lack of resources and the appalling state of the roads, which are often impassable during the rainy season,” the leadership of the organization say in its Monday, June 7 report.

The armed conflict and COVID-19 have made everything more difficult and dangerous, the leadership of the Catholic charity, which reaches out to the people of God in difficult places says.

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“In these circumstances, radio is the one means that still offers the possibility of maintaining contact with people isolated by the war, the pandemic, the lack of resources and inaccessibility,” ACN reports.

According to the organization, radio brings the people comfort and consolation through catechesis, spiritual formation and the possibility of still participating in the celebration of Holy Mass.

Additionally, the soothing Christian music played over the radio brings the people comfort to their souls.

However, the leadership of Pontifical organization notes, the situation in Northern Mozambique is so bad that many communities do not even have a transistor radio, or even electricity.

To alleviate this challenge, the charity organization has funded the purchase of small solar-powered radios to serve members of these remote and isolated communities.

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“Each radio has been entrusted to the care of a community leader who makes sure that as many people as possible tune in to have access to what for them may well be the only and certainly the most powerful source of hope in these times of war and the pandemic – the Gospel,” the organization reports.

In Cabo Delgado, one of the Catholic radio stations, Rádio São Francisco, was destroyed by the terrorists, leaving the other Catholic radio station, Rádio Sem Fronteiras, as the only source of comfort to the people.

The remaining radio, ACN reports, has extended its coverage and thanks to the help of ACN, the radio has also been able to produce new programs and at the same time rent airtime on other local radio stations to further extend its range.

“ACN has not simply been helping to fund the broadcasts, but it also has improved signal reception,” the leadership of the organization reports.

Fr. Latifo Fonseca, the Director of Rádio Sem Fronteiras, has expressed his gratitude to ACN benefactors saying, “Please accept my special blessing on each one of you, for each day you are facilitating the mission of Jesus in places where there is great suffering.”

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And so, where once a wave of violence overwhelmed them, the airwaves are now bringing the people fresh strength, sowing peace, and hope in a time of great fear and anxiety.