by Jen Lawhorne
A community radio in southern Mexico celebrated five years of being on the air despite all of the harassment it has suffered from local, state and federal authorities. Transmitting in the language of its people, amuzgo, Radio Ñomndaa has become a bastion of organization in the region.
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The Word of the Water flows in music, solidarity ties and new proposals.
Last December 20, Radio Ñomndaa, the Word of the Water, celebrated its fifth birthday. It’s the first community radio in the state of Guerrero and the only one in the Ñomndaa language. It has thousands of listeners in the Amuzga communities, and for many of them it’s the first time in their life they’ve been able to listen to music and news in their own language. Ever since it got started, Radio Ñomndaa has been under attack from the federal, state, and especially the local government of a powerful cacique. These attacks include beatings, arrests, and the entry of the AFI militarized police into the radio station. The varied programming is oriented towards strengthening the community to allow it to take part in the construction of a new society.
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