BBC World Service Trust wins award for Sudan project

The BBC World Service Trust’s humanitarian radio service in Sudan has won the first prize for its children’s programme Ursom ala el ard makaanak (Draw Your Place On Earth) in the Youth category of the Radio For Peacebuilding Awards.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  November 28, 2006

The BBC World Service Trust’s humanitarian radio service in Sudan has won the first prize for its children’s programme Ursom ala el ard makaanak (Draw Your Place On Earth) in the Youth category of the Radio For Peacebuilding Awards. The prize was awarded by Radio for Peacebuilding Africa. The 30-minute programme, which is aired on Tuesdays and Saturdays is targeted at Darfuri children and is delivered in a magazine style format. Each show consists of testimonies from Darfuri children. The project has been running since the start of this year and the award-winning team (from Sudan and Egypt) were recruited and trained specifically by the Trust. Programme editor, Zeinab Mubarak, and her team operate out of a base in Nyala, South Darfur. “Winning the prize is gratifying; especially that it came after almost a year of work in very challenging conditions,” says Mubarak. “It is a sign of confidence in all our work, not just this one programme. The messaging was very important and we tried to put the idea of finding alternative ways to solve differences foremost. I’m glad we were able to do it well. I’m extremely happy, because the prize says that what we did is effective.”

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