Radio Okapi Kindu
The Station That Helped Bring Peace to the Congo
A touching memoir of a young journalist’s coming of age and a love song to a poor but astonishingly beautiful country.
When Jennifer Bakody steps off the plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004, she walks right into the hardest and most inspiring job an idealistic young journalist from Nova Scotia could ever imagine. Six years of war involving eight countries and several million deaths has just ended in a ceasefire. Two weeks later, Bakody finds herself two thousand kilometres up the Congo River in the heart of the jungle, managing a small UN-backed radio station. Radio Okapi Kindu tells Jennifer’s story, as well as that of the team of hard-working local reporters determined to cover the country’s rapid march towards elections. Can one small station known as the “frequency of peace” stand the strain of maintaining its editorial rigour when so much is at stake?
“It is my hope that the humanity portrayed by Radio Okapi Kindu will help to rally the world around the many forces for positive change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” —Dr. Denis Mukwege, world-renowned gynecological surgeon & founder & medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
“[Jennifer Bakody] has written a deeply affecting memoir […], one that details the enormous difficulties faced by journalists in poor, war-torn regions with great empathy.” —Foreign Affairs Magazine