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Sudanese journalists win prizes at UNICEF regional media awards

Eight winners of the Regional Media Award from the MENA Country Offices
© UNICEF Sudan/2011/Suhair A/Sayed
The eight winners of the Regional Media Awards received their prizes from UNICEF Regional Director, Shahida Azfar (3rd from left back row) and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador, Mahmoud Kabil (4th from right back row)

Khartoum, 3 October – Two Sudanese journalists were recognised for their reporting on children’s issues at media awards organized by UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa last week.

Violence against children in the Middle East and North Africa was the theme for this year’s awards. The winners were recognized at a ceremony in Dubai on September 28 attended by UNICEF Regional Director, Shahida Azfar, and UNICEF’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador, Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.

A film by Magdi Elyas of Blue Nile television investigating child labour in Sudan was judged the winning entry in the broadcast category. Meanwhile, Marwa El Tigani’s report on the practice of female genital mutilation for was joint winner in the online category.

Speaking at the event, Ms Azfar said the media and UNICEF were “natural partners” in promoting children’s rights.

She said that since the beginning of 2011, children and young people across the Middle East had reminded the world that they could be active agents of change.

At a one-day meeting preceding the award ceremony, media, humanitarian and development experts talked about how young people have been represented during the Arab Spring and the role of media and the development community in placing children’s issues at the heart of the reform agenda. 
This is the seventh year UNICEF has organized a contest recognizing excellence in the field of reporting on children’s rights and issues in the Arab world.

The two winners from Sudan, (left) Marwa Ibrahim, (right) Magdi Awad Elyas
© UNICEF Sudan/2011/Suhair A/Sayed
Sudanese winners Marwa Ibrahim and Magdi Awad Elyas

For more information, please contact;
Simon Ingram, Chief of Communication UNICEF Sudan
Tel:  + 249 912 177 573; +249 156 553 670. Email:

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.





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