The daily programmes, funded by the Department For International
Development, will be produced by local journalists trained by the
BBC World Service Trust and will be in Arabic.
A lot has been written and said regarding the looting and law and
order breakdown in several parts of the country. Through the programmes,
the trust is aiming at providing people with guidance on protecting
themselves and their families. The programmes will also include
personal testimony from Iraqis to help them deal with the trauma
of war and its debilitating effect on people trying to rebuild their
lives. The programmes will record diaries with Iraqis about their
daily lives and encourage them to share their experiences.
An official release informs that in addition to humanitarian information,
the programmes will also follow the progress of the United Nations'
agencies and international non government organisations when they
return to Iraq. They will highlight the problems arising from the
return of up to one million exiled Iraqis to their homeland.
The trust has previously worked in Afghanistan, Somalia and Sierra
Leone. In Afghanistan, the trust produced similar programmes in
Pashto and Dari during and after the US-led aerial attacks on Afghanistan.