Fresh From The Press For The Sudans
The seventh print edition of our Sudan and South Sudan project theniles.org has been published in spring 2016. The issue is both in English and Arabic in order to overcome language barriers between and within the two Sudans. Our team has been continuously training more than fifty young journalists from what are now (Northern) Sudan and South(ern) Sudan since 2009 to promote peaceful dialogue.

“The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning sky…” – This proverb from pastoralist Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan, sets the theme for the new special issue of our THE NILES network. It was written and edited by a group of The Niles correspondents from Sudan and South Sudan at a newsroom workshop in Nairobi.

The journalists’ 50-question checklist for would-be migrants forms the backbone of the travel-sized edition. Answers span personal stories and recollections, creating an uncompromising snapshot of the mixed motivations for leaving, spanning conflict, lack of freedom, or hopes for a rosier future elsewhere. A sense of loss unites many of the journalists’ stories, revealing how home remains at our core, however far we go.

5.000 copies of the new edition were distributed as supplements by the Khartoum daily “Al Jareeda” and another 5.000 by the Juba daily “This Day”.

In 2014, The Niles print series was displayed at the prestigious German media prize “LEAD awards” held at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen and received an honourable mention. Articles by The Niles have been featured by The Guardian’s Africa Network and other leading international media.