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Radio Mashaal and Central Newsroom’s ‘Baba Ghani’ Breaks Record

Mashaal's Baba Ghani

In 2016, journalists with Radio Mashaal, RFE/RL's service to Pakistan's Pashto-speaking communities, reported on an elderly man who, to earn money to feed his family, labored every day to carry a 70-kilogram sack of flour on his back across the crowded city of Peshawar. The RFE/RL Central Newsroom converted the original report into a social video that, to date, has become the company's most-watched video ever, attracting over 40 million views. People across the world responded to the report with donations to help Baba Ghani. He initially refused the money, preferring to plod on, but later agreed to accept the support.