13 George Papagiannis from UNESCO and Radio in Sudan
George Papagiannis is the head of the UNESCO External Relations and Information liaison office. He previously served as the Director of the UNESCO office in Baghdad. In 2006, Papagiannis lived on the border between Chad and Sudan, where he built a 3-station community radio network with broadcasts in four languages.
"I was not a part of this community," says Papagiannis. "I had to set aside where I was coming from and listen. By listening, [I would] find the doors that were left ajar where one could enter and begin a dialogue about something that had been rooted in these communities for maybe centuries."
In this episode, Papagiannis recounts his experience running the radio station for Darfurian refugees. This recording is taken from Papagianni's talk at the “What Is Journalism?” conference in Portland, Oregon.
Listeners’ discretion is advised: Papagiannis discusses some graphic cultural practices that take place in this part of the world.