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Beginning of Radio Dabanga

As of 15 November 2008, Radio Dabanga came on air: a radio station by Darfuris for Darfuris. Since 1 December 2008, the station aired news and information broadcasts. It currently broadcasts two and a half hours of daily programming. If you are interested in listening to Radio Dabanga, check our frequencies or search through our broadcast scheme and  radio archive.

Radio Dabanga is a project of the Radio Darfur Network, a coalition of Sudanese journalists and international (media) development organizations, supported by a consortium of international donors, humanitarian community organisations and local NGOs. Radio Dabanga is conceived, operated and facilitated by Free Press Unlimited in the Netherlands.

Reporting

Radio Dabanga reports from inside Sudan as well as from abroad, producing independent news and relevant information for all Darfuris: city folk, villagers and herdsman, internally displaced people, refugees, Darfuris abroad and in Sudan.

Radio Dabanga broadcasts in Arabic and in local languages, so that everyone in Darfur can understand the latest news about the region and its population.

The Radio Dabanga central desk also receives news from listeners in Sudan. These witness reports may range from air raids in Darfur to abductions in eastern Sudan. Radio Dabanga verifies the story with locals (for example, comunity leaders) and checks the reports with official sources before the news is broadcast to all listeners in Sudan and abroad.

The meaning of dabanga

The dabanga is one of the most important parts of a family’s home. Sometimes written “damanga” or “dabunga,” it is a large storage vessel used by Sudanese farmers to preserve food, made of a mixture of clay, water and dried grass. Dabangas are used to store crops, such as corn and grain, to keep them from spoiling. These provisions can be lifesaving rations in the event of a famine. Farmers sometimes hide their money or other valuables in the bottom.

'Life is like a dabanga, roll it with care'

The dabanga as a unique aspect of Sudanese farmers’ daily life gave birth to the adage (proverb) ”Ed duniya dabanga, dardago beshweish”, meaning: “the world is like a dabanga, roll it carefully”. This essentially means that life is precious and the world is filled with danger and risk. So be careful, or it could be destroyed like a fragile dabanga that was rolled too hastily. This adage is commonly used all over the country even though it is a Darfurian proverb.

Dabanga is also the name of a small village near El Fasher (North Darfur). It is also a well in the Wilayat area in South Darfur, 528 meters above sea level. In December 2007, over one thousand people were displaced from this area due to insecurity and lack of humanitarian assistance.