Radio Victoria Broadcasts for the People, despite Threats
The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (the Mesa) needs international support in order to make demands of the affected populations of El Salvador heard by policy-makers. Please help us support the fight against mining by signing this petition. The petition calls on the Milwaukee-based mining company Commerce Group (1) to cease further mining pursuits in San Sebastian, El Salvador, (2) to take responsibility for the environmental contamination, and (3) to drop its court case against the Salvadoran government under CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement).
With Canadian mining company Pacific Rim threatening to invade El Salvador’s countryside, Radio Victoria wants to bring awareness to Salvadorans about the potentially fatal effects of mining. Radio Victoria, a member organization of the Mesa, broadcasts to the rural communities surrounding Ciudad Victoria within the Cabañas region, using their presence to spread awareness on a global level.
On Tuesday, January 15th, students from the Drew Theological School delegation met with Radio Victoria’s programming coordinator to discuss the beginnings of Radio Victoria and its current role in society. According to the coordinator, refugees founded Radio Victoria upon their return to Santa Marta in 1987 after fleeing to Honduras during the war.
Because many guerrilla fighters occupied Santa Marta, there were rumors surrounding the community that these members of Ciudad Victoria were “people of a different kind”, and therefore unworthy of having their city rebuilt. To dispel these rumors and bring a voice to the marginalized rural populations, members of the community created Radio Victoria and made their first broadcast on June 15, 1993. According to the programming coordinator, “it was a magical experience to hear family and friends send out their messages”.