• Happy New Year from Internews!

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    To celebrate the holidays and the coming new year, we invite you to view highlights from the past year honoring dedicated local journalists and the communities they serve.

    View a photo essay

  • PeaceHackCamp — Building a Technology and Innovation Community in South Sudan

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    To many observers South Sudan might seem like a strange place for a technology event. The four-year-old nation is one of the least developed on earth and, since 2013, an ongoing civil war has brought with it economic chaos, widespread displacement of people, and increased food insecurity.

    In South Sudan, “innovating” would perhaps seem to be less of a priority than simply surviving the many challenges faced daily. In times of crisis, however, the two are often linked. And the focus of the recent #PeaceHackCamp was firmly on finding new, creative, South Sudanese solutions to South Sudan’s problems.

  • Mingkaman Together: A New Radio Program Eases Tensions in a Troubled Community

    A man sits in a radio studio in front of a mic
    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    “It’s not about my tribe, it’s not about my cows,” sings Afro-Jazz musician Mer Ayang on the radio. “I’ve got lines, I’ve got dots, I’ve got marks on my face. Darling please don’t you see I’m a South Sudanese.”

    The voice of Mingkaman 100 FM host Majok Guet comes in. “Welcome to Mingkaman Together, a special program to ease community tension.”

  • “Woyee!” South Sudanese Drama Festival Helps Promote Peace

    Three women perform on a stage with a mural of animals behind them
    Monday, December 21, 2015

    As the participants arrived for the opening ceremony of the Interschool, Colleges and University Drama Festival, they could be heard long before they were seen. A parade of more than 1,000 chanting children and young people, each group marching in order, made its way down Juba’s main roads with a police escort, complete with sirens.

    The festival had been in the works for months. It was organized by the Woyee! Film and Theatre group, and supported by Internews through the i-STREAM Small Grants program. Thirteen participating schools and educational institutions from around Juba were selected through an extensive outreach program.

  • Information is a Lifeline for Refugees

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    In the midst of holiday and end-of-year celebrations, take the time to consider those who are far away from their homes and loved ones, who face insecurity and violence – they rely on the support of donors like you to help them reach safety.

  • Zanzibar in an Information Void Following Elections

      Zanzibar journalism trainees with former Africa Regional Director, Ian Noble.
    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    In the early hours of December 3, 2015, armed gunmen entered Hits FM radio in Zanzibar, threatened the staff, ransacked the station and then set it on fire. Fortunately no one was hurt. No one has been arrested.

  • KHSU - Thursday Night Talk - A Discussion about ISIS

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    (Internews participated in a discussion about ISIS on the KHSU program Thursday Night Talk.)

    Julia Pitner, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, participated in a radio talk show discussion about the Islamic State and Syria on KHSU's Thursday Night Talk program. The program also included two professors from Humboldt State University - Dr. William Herbrechtsmeier from the Religious Studies department and Leena Dallasheh, History and Middle East studies.

    Pitner talked about the difficulty of reporting from the region: