Against all odds

Down to Earth - - MEDIA -

RUDI MO­HAMED Amid gives his script one quick, last glance be­fore he goes live. " Roj bas, Kur­dis­tan (Good morn­ing, Kur­dis­tan)", he greets his au­di­ence, with the as­sured­ness of a vet­eran jour­nal­ist. The truth is hardly any­one at Ron­ahi, Syr­ian Kurds' first and only tele­vi­sion chan­nel that com­menced op­er­a­tions in early June, had any me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore the war.

"250 peo­ple work as vol­un­teers at Ron­ahi TV. Funds come from the peo­ple here or from the di­as­pora," says Per­win Legerin, gen­eral man­ager of Ron­ahi TV. De­spite the war in Syria, Ron­ahi reaches the public seven days a week, mainly in Kur­dish, but also in Ara­bic and English. There are not only in­ter­views, doc­u­men­taries, cov­er­age of fu­ner­als of fallen Kur­dish sol­diers, but also a good dose of tra­di­tional mu­sic to cope with the war drama.

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