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Campaign round-up: Did we keep it on air?

July 17 - 2018 AMSTERDAM

For over a month, Radio Dabanga asked for your support to sponsor a day of its life-saving radio. That’s something the team did not expect to be doing nearly ten years ago, at the launch of Radio Dabanga!

We also did not expect to gain this much attention from people and press for our crowdfunding campaign, which ran from 31 May to 7 July. Have a look below at the most heart-warming signs of support we’ve received during the Keep It On Air campaign.

We kicked-off the campaign with a special video about one of the Dabanga editors, Ibrahim Jadelkarim - hoping that this would lead to more donations.

If you're curious about what it takes to be an on-the-ground reporter in Sudan, the Dabanga team made a special quiz.


We received many encouraging messages and higlighted a few:




Radio Dabanga Editor-In-Chief Kamal Yousif Elsadig received this uplifting message through his own WhatsApp. Wondering what it is Kamal dreams about for Radio Dabanga? Read his story





Which heart-warming programme is favourite among listeners such as Alamin, and even Dabanga editors, you think?




Kapila blew the whistle as Head of UN in Sudan in 2003-2004 about the genocide in Darfur. Another international expert on Darfur, Professor Eric Reeves, highlighted Dabanga’s importance in reminding the world about the conflict, in our first On Air podcast.





For example, Radio Dabanga produced a radio programme that gave people the tools to build peace among local communities.




What makes Dabanga an important news source according to MagkaSama Project? The radio station broadcasted vital information about a cholera outbreak in Sudan in 2017 to listeners.




Klaas secretly travelled as a war reporter to Darfur's Jebel Marra and told us about his experiences. Also war photographer Jan-Joseph Stok is one of the few journalists who dared reporting on the conflict. Jan-Joseph described the dangers of this travels to us in the On Air podcast.




Not only listened to in Sudan, Radio Dabanga has fans among radio listeners’ clubs all over the world. However, Radio Dabanga’s shortwave and satellite broadcasts have often been censored by governments.


Several large Dutch news media informed people like Kitty about the importance of our radio and our campaign to keep Dabanga on the air:




Those who support us will receive a personal Thank You Card, made by the Radio Dabanga news cartoonist and signed by members of our team. See what Sonja Barentsen received from us in her mail.


Luckily, you can still make a general donation and receive one of the Thank You cards upon request!


In total, the campaign raised 43 days of shortwave broadcasting in 37 days of campaigning - all because of your generosity

Dabanga does not plan on stopping soon. Your amazing support in the past weeks has motivated the team to go to great lengths to secure the necessary funding. It has also made us realise that people like you can help us boost our financial foundations – that is good to know for the future.

The messages above, and every message we have received from supporters is worthy to be mentioned here. We hope everyone has enjoyed taking part in the campaign for Radio Dabanga, reading and listening to stories about Radio Dabanga and its makers. Similar to Radio Dabanga itself, this crowdfunding campaign would not have been possible without the support of many people.

Thank you! Shukran jazilan!

– The Radio Dabanga team

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