A Royal Navy reservist has created a hit radio programme in Helmand province inspired by BBC Radio 4′s popular soap opera ‘The Archers’.
Lieutenant Jo Nicholson of the Royal Naval Reserve [Picture: Sergeant Barry Pope, Crown copyright]
Radio TamadoonÂ is a community radio station run byÂ ISAFÂ for the local people of Helmand, presented by local Afghan DJs.
Working as an Afghan Engagement Specialist in Headquarters Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, 42-year-old Lieutenant Nicholson recognised the potential for a farming programme in Helmand, where the economy is based on agriculture.
UnlikeÂ â€˜The Archersâ€™, which has regular cast of around 60, â€˜Crops and the Farmerâ€™ has only 2 main characters. Lieutenant Nicholson, of theÂ Royal Naval Reserve, described them by saying:
The first is a wise old man called Khodai Dad. He is a village elder and represents the traditional ways of farming in Helmand. Learning from him is Tor Gul, a young man prematurely made head of the family and placed in charge of the family farm.
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