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VOA Increases Amharic Broadcasts to Cover Somalia Crisis


The Voice of America is increasing its Amharic-language news programming to report on the crisis in Somalia.

Beginning Thursday, VOA will broadcast an additional half-hour radio news program five days a week, Monday through Friday.

The program will air at three hours universal time - 0600 Ethiopia time - and will be repeated an hour after the initial broadcast.

The new program can be picked up via shortwave radio on the frequencies of 13815 and 15610 kilohertz.

VOA's Horn of Africa service already broadcasts 12 hours a week in the Amharic, Afan Oromo and Tigrina languages.

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia, a country with an estimated 70 million people.

Ethiopia recently sent troops into Somalia to fight Islamist forces who are challenging the Somali interim government.

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