Radio and "blue helmets" vital for UN peacekeeping says veteran chief

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Jerome Longue in the UN Radio studios. UN Radio Photo/Matthew Wells

In countries where a disaster is unfolding or a conflict is in full swing, radio makes a big difference, says the veteran in charge of UN Radio's French Unit.

Jérôme Longué  has witnessed many crises in the course of his 18-year career.

He recently published a paper on the role of radio stations set up, or attached to, UN peacekeeping operations.

The success of the first major UN peacekeeping operation that involved radio, in Cambodia in 1992, led to the creation of dozens more, mainly in Africa.

Having experienced the power of radio to keep the public informed during emergencies and disasters, Mr Longué  shared some of his reflections with Jocelyne Sambira, ahead of World Radio Day 2016.

Duration:  3'43"

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