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Radio Free Africa

Radio Free Europe helped to end the Cold War by disseminating information to the Soviet Controlled countries. I wonder if the same could be done in Africa?

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One of the things that stuck me about the woman in Africa who told her story was that she and her friends simply didn't know any better.  She thought all women were treated this way and getting her genitalia mutilated was "normal" and everyone did it because it was all she knew.  If there was a Radio Free Africa, perhaps more and more people would see that there is another way to live your life. Women do not get treated like this in other countries.  Civil war is not the normal way of life.   Click here for the link to RFE.   It seems like Radio Free Europe broadcasts all over Europe and Asia.  Why not Africa?   

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Hi Mark,

I think the Radio Free Africa is a great ide. There currently is a Radio Free Africa ( in operation as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2008 by economist George Ayittey and data scientist David Goodsmith.

I think any solution to gathering information and preventing mass violence against civilians must encompass multiple avenues with Radio Free Africa one of them. RFA could also contribute to the “Big Data” Business Intelligence gathering effort to identify and spot potential trouble spots.

While the U.S. government does not provide support for this organization, efforts are underway to lobby for support. However, I believe a better solution would be to solicit support from multiple nations (G-8?) to “spread the wealth around”.

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