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.
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.
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.
Radio Dabanga broadcasts in Arabic, so that everyone in Darfur can understand the latest news about the region and its population. In 2013 Radio Dabanga decided to also launch a satellite tv channel, allowing them to reach people living in the urban areas of Sudan and decision makers.
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'