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12 October 2010 - UNICEF Sudan announces 2010 Media Awards winners

Children in Dindir area, middle of Sudan, face difficulties in searching for clean water
© Sudan/2010/Anwar Awad El Samani
Children in Dindir area, middle of Sudan, face difficulties in searching for clean water

Khartoum/Juba, UNICEF Sudan announced today the winners of the 2010 UNICEF Sudan Media Awards, which recognize achievements by Sudanese journalists in promoting children’s issues through the media. The theme of this year’s Awards was child rights.

Four journalists from north Sudan and two from Southern Sudan were selected out of more than 20 entries submitted from both regions. The winning pieces were selected based on their achievement in reporting on children’s rights, under criteria that include objectivity, use of guidelines for ethical reporting on children, humanitarian component, extensive research and awareness-raising on children’s issues, among others. The jury was composed of UNICEF specialists in child protection and monitoring sections, as well as the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications.

On print media for north Sudan, Enaam Mohamed El Tayeb, from Al Sudani newspaper, obtained the highest score for her report on children beaten at school. Ikhlas Abdel Rahim Nimer, from Al Sahafa newspaper, obtained second place for her piece entitled “Street children: losing family support, losing identity”. The third place was awarded to Hanan El Tayeb Mohamed, from Akhir Lahza newspaper, for her article on child labour. On the photography category, Anwar Awad El Samani, from Al Akhbar newspaper, obtained the highest score for his picture of children trying to obtain clean water.

From Southern Sudan, Marvis Birungi from the Juba Post obtained the print media award with her story entitled, “Street kids: Whose responsibility?”, which focuses on the conditions that force children onto the streets and the risks they are exposed to. In the radio category, Chance Baniko from Miraya FM scored first place with his report on Viola, a child imprisoned in Juba who was released only after Miraya FM broadcasted her story.

“Sudanese journalists play an important role in their communities, especially as the voice for those who cannot speak,” said Nils Kastberg, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “We salute this year’s winners for their determination in bringing children’s issues to the forefront of the national debate, and for their continued efforts to raise awareness about the condition of children and women in Sudan through their reports, their stories and their photographs,” he added.

The winners of the UNICEF Sudan Media Awards will have their pieces submitted to the UNICEF Regional Media Awards, to compete with other entries from the Middle East and North Africa. They will also be invited to participate in UNICEF’s Regional Media Forum, to be held in Cairo on the 3rd and 4th  of November 2010.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact:
Valentina Rios, Officer-in-charge, Media & External Relations UNICEF Sudan,
Mobile: +249 (0) 912174640, Email:

Douglas Armour, Manager, Communications and Advocacy, UNICEF Southern Sudan Area Programme, Juba, Sudan, Mobile + (249) (0) 928 278 975; + (249) (0) 913 143 481

Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, Regional Chief, Communication, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa. Mobile: +962 (6) 550 2407, Email:



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