By KAREL JANICEK, Related Press
PRAGUE (AP) — That is Radio Ukraine calling.
A brand new Prague-based web radio station has began to broadcast information, info and music tailor-made to the day-to-day considerations of some 300,000 refugees who’ve arrived within the Czech Republic since Russia launched its army assault in opposition to Ukraine.
In a studio on the coronary heart of the Czech capital, radio veterans work along with absolute learners to supply the refugees with what they should know to settle as easily as doable in a brand new nation.
The workers of 10 combines individuals who have fled Ukraine in current weeks with those that have been dwelling overseas for years. Regardless of who they’re, their widespread objective is to assist fellow Ukrainians and their homeland dealing with the brutal Russian invasion.
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Natalia Churikova, an skilled journalist with Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty stated she couldn’t say no to a suggestion to grow to be the broadcaster’s editor-in-chief.
“It was for my folks, for individuals who actually wanted assist, who actually wanted assist, one thing that might assist them begin a brand new dwell or restart their lives right here after they’ve lived by way of very dangerous issues making an attempt to flee from Ukraine,” Churikova stated.
Staffer Sofia Tatomyr is a kind of who left to flee the conflict.
The 22-year-old from the western city of Kalush was planning to maneuver to a different metropolis in Ukraine when a buddy referred to as one morning: “Sofia, the conflict has simply begun.”
Her mother and father and older brother opted to remain residence, however they needed her to affix her aunt in Prague.
“It occurred impulsively,” she stated. She boarded a bus alone in Cherniutsi and arrived 28 hours later within the Czech capital, a metropolis she’d by no means visited.
“Once I was already overseas, I bear in mind the second that I used to be crying and I used to be making an attempt to purchase a ticket and I could not spell what ticket I would like. It was actually tough,” she stated.
Tatomyr labored as graphic designer and singer in Ukraine after getting a level as a writer and media editor. Radio broadcasting was a part of her programs on the college. To her shock, her aunt’s brother discovered an announcement about jobs for a brand new Ukrainian radio station.
She stated she wanted “a while to grasp that not everyone could be on the frontline on the conflict and everyone has to do what she or he can do the very best.”
“So that is how I’m cheering myself up that I’m doing my career, that I’m doing what I can do the very best, and that is one of the best ways I may also help our folks, I may also help Ukraine. That is how I’m serious about it,“ she stated.
Secure in Prague, she was nonetheless making an attempt to return to phrases with the invasion of her homeland.
“It’s horrible,” she stated. “I can’t nonetheless discover any logical rationalization for what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Within the twenty first century, a conflict? Why? We have been a peaceable nation dwelling simply our lives.”
One other announcer, Marharyta Golobrodska, was working as a copywriter for a software program firm when she obtained a name from Churikova, whom she knew from an internship at Radio Free Europe.
“I used to contemplate those that stand up early to be able to work from 6 a.m. loopy, however that’s what I do now and I totally get pleasure from it,” Golobrodska stated. “That’s what I at all times needed to do, to be useful for my nation, though I dwell so far-off.”
For 12 hours every weekday — and 11 hours on weekends — Radio Ukraine performs Ukrainian and western music whereas presenting information of Ukraine and the Czech Republic along with info for refugees each quarter-hour. It contains particulars about the place they’ll get the paperwork they want from native authorities, get a job or medical therapy, or discover a place for youngsters at faculties. Kids can take heed to Ukrainian fairy tales.
A local of the southern metropolis of Mykolaiv, Golobrodska has lived within the Czech Republic for eight-and-a-half years. After the invasion, she traveled to western Ukraine to satisfy her mom and 9-year-old sister and drive them to security. In Prague, she received them concerned in her broadcast.
“My mum, for instance, informed me she’d like to listen to what she’s not alleged to do right here. For instance, that she will’t park the automotive wherever she desires to love in Ukraine,” she stated.
Bohemia Media, which operates a number of radio stations within the Czech Republic, got here up with the concept to launch the station. It offered a studio and its folks cooperated with the Ukrainian embassy, the native Ukrainian group and others to make it actuality in three weeks. It additionally covers the salaries.
Lukas Nadvornik, the proprietor of the Mediapark, an organization that represents Bohemia Media, stated the plan is for the station to stay on air so long as it’s wanted. The important thing job for now’s to let know as many potential listeners as doable about its existence.
Considered one of them is Sophia Medvedeva. The 23-year outdated net designer could not maintain again tears as she talked concerning the current six-day drive along with her mom and youthful brother from Mykolaiv to Krakow, Poland.
However in Prague, she joined her fiancé and Radio Ukraine helped her adapt to a brand new life.
“I’m so amazed concerning the probability to take heed to Ukrainian music once I’m not in my homeland. I really feel that I’m not alone,” she stated. Her solely suggestion for it’s to ask a psychologist to “advise the Ukrainian refugees about combat the survivor syndrome and combat melancholy.”
Observe the AP’s protection of the conflict at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine.
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