DRC: Community Radio Attacked

The community radio station Voix de Mikeno, broadcasting in Bunagana (100 km from the town of Goma, Rutshuru territory), was ransacked by rebel soldiers of the M23 on Monday 13 June 2022, around 5 pm local time.

All the high and low-frequency devices were taken away during the raid.

André Byamungu, director of RACOM, contacted from his safe house, told JED: “I am speechless and would not know where to start if the lull returns because they ransacked my radio, took away the transmitter, the mixer, and the microphones. They also destroyed the acoustics of the studio before leaving the studio tables broken. So far, we could only save the portable dictation machines,” he says.

The staff of the community radio station Voix de Mikeno is in hiding in Uganda and in other towns around Bunagana. The staff also report that they are being threatened by some leaders of the rebel movement.