Radio Al Salam 94.3 FM is a local radio station that is fully dedicated to IDPs, refugees and returnees in the North of Iraq. The station broadcasts from Ankawa and Dohuk to Erbil, Dohuk and Nineveh Governorates, on its website and via its application for smartphones.
Following the Syrian conflict in 2010 and the summer of 2014 ISIS crisis, a growing number of people fled to Northern Iraq. In July 2017, the United Nations estimated that 245,000 Syrian refugees and 1,860,000 Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons were living in Kurdistan and in the Nineveh Governorate. From 2017, the progressive decline of ISIS raised concerns with the return to liberated areas; thousands of families returned to their former houses in the Nineveh plains. Whether they are in exile or not, all inhabitants of Northern Iraq have been affected by these events and fear for their future.
In addition to the urgent humanitarian crisis came a need for a media platform led by and dedicated to refugees and displaced people. Radio Al-Salam, founded in March 2015, filled the gap by voicing their difficulties, expectations and hopes.
Radio Al-Salam provides a space for testimony, dialogue and exchanges to all those who experienced displacement, regardless of their religious and ethnic background. Through daily reports and field testimonies, our microphones give a voice to those who left everything and whose return is uncertain. Our studio also welcomes international journalists, humanitarian workers, researchers or diplomats who wish to deliver their messages to refugees and displaced people.
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Thus, Radio Al-Salam tries to create a triple bridge. The first one is between those displaced and the people of Kurdistan who have welcomed them into their cities and towns. The second one is among the various communities of Iraq, aiming to facilitate a mutual understanding and trust. The third one brings international relief action closer to its beneficiaries, in the hopes of making it more understandable.
The journalist Samir Harboy in Baharka camp, Erbil Gouvernorate, 2016. Copyrights: Radio Al-Salam.
We broadcast 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Shows and music are in Arabic and in Badini Kurdish, with some intermissions in Syriac. Our programs provide regular news, informing the audience of local and international developments. They include field reports, testimonies and interviews. We also host cultural or sport shows and organize special broadcasts for important events. The weekly schedules are as follows:
From Sunday to Thursday:
- 08:00 to 09:30 AM: “Happy morning”, hosted by Afshin Dadwar
- 10:00 to 11:30 AM: “Morning breeze”, hosted by Shahad Alkhoury
- 3:00 to 4:00 PM : « Yala Shabab », Sunday and Tuesday, hoted by Meethak Alkhatib
- 5:00 to 6:00 PM : « Dardasha Show », Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, hosted by Ronza Salim and Hani Menzlji
- 6:00 to 7:00 PM : « Sport in a week », Sunday, hosted by Samir Harboy
- 6:00 to 7:00 PM : « New Life », from Monday to Thursday, hosted by Samir Harboy
The journalist Ronza Salem in Ankawa 2, Erbil Gouvernorate, 2016. Copyrights: Radio Al-Salam.
Radio Al-Salam is a radio station registered in Iraqi Kurdistan. The project has been initiated and it is operated by Guilde européenne du Raid (The European Guild), a French association running adventure and solidarity projects since 1967. La Guilde has been involved in Iraqi Kurdistan humanitarian and cultural projects since 2009.
Its technical partner is “Radios Sans Frontières” (Radio Without Borders), a French association which funds and trains independent radios in developing countries. Founded in 2003, RSF has been and remains active in Mali, in Cameroon, in Madagascar, in Nicaragua, in Congo and in Afghanistan.
L’Oeuvre d’Orient”, a faith-based association founded in 1856 and dedicated to the Christians of the East, is a historical partner and funder of the project. The association runs relief and reconstruction projects in 23 countries, mainly in the Middle East.
Since December 2017, we extended our broadcasting capacity to Dohuk and the North of Nineveh plain thanks to the support of the “Centre de crise et de soutien” (Crisis and Relief Center) of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. As a part of its post-crisis stabilization activities, the Center funded the initial investment and committed to supports the related costs for the two first years.
Since December 2021, Radio Al-Salam has been financially supported by the Agence Française de Développement (French development agency), a public organization in charge of operating the Frecnh development and international solidarity policy.
The French region Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, through its plan for supporting the Christians of the East, financially supports the radio over the period 2021 – 2022.
In Iraq, Radio Al-Salam is hosted by the Babylon Media group. Founded in 1998 and established in 2005 in Ankawa, Erbil, this company produces TV shows, organizes events and has its own entertainment radio, Babylon FM.
NGOs and institutions operating in Iraki Kurdistan support Radio Al-Salam by occasionally entrusting their communication and diffusion of awareness-raising messages. These include Action against hunger, CAPNI Irak, Shareteah, Humanity & Inclusion, the International Office for Migrations, Justice Center for Iraq and the United Nations Development Program.
The “Raoul Follereau Foundation,” was a financial partners from the radio’s founding in 2015 to 2019. Its objective is to fight against poverty and illiteracy regardless of the religion and the origin of its beneficiaries.