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News – The Gospel on air in Timbuktu

December 2007

The Gospel on air in Timbuktu

Mention Timbuktu and you immediately think of remoteness. However, Timbuktu is now the home of a new Christian broadcasting channel and one of HCJB Global Voice’s newest partners. It broadcasts the gospel in five languages – Tamasheq (Tuareg), Sonrai/Songhoy, Hassaniya, Bambara and Fulani.

Timbuktu is truly remote. It is located in the desert along the Niger River in Mali, North Africa. But it is also a strategic government centre.

The FM station is the latest Christian outlet to go on the air. There are 44 FM radio outlets, eight of which use 250 watt FM ‘suitcase’ transmitters designed and built by engineers at the HCJB Global Technology Centre.

The radio equipment was assembled last April and taken to Mali to be installed. Four days later the station was on the air! Christian broadcasts from the station can be heard as far away as 100 miles, sparking hundreds of positive responses from listeners.
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