Today marked the end of the Sudan segment of my Eduction Development Center photo assignment. Tomorrow will be a shoot of EDC’s Darfur Radio team in Nairobi, then it’s a five hour road trip to Garisssa in eastern Keyna to shoot a EDC’s G-Youth program.
Yesterday and today was spent photographing the activities and facilities of Sudan Radio Service. Sudan Radio Service (SRS) is Sudan’s first independent broadcast provider of news and information. SRS works in English, Arabic, and 8 Sudanese languages, and focuses exclusively on issues and events in Sudan, making it the favorite radio station of many Sudanese around the world.
All SRS programming is produced by an all-Sudanese staff of radio professionals working in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as the bureau in Juba (photos you see here) and Khartoum. SRS also gathers news with help from Sudanese correspondents across Sudan. SRS will relocate entirely to Sudan once conditions allow and the new facility is completed (see photos of the construction site)
SRS’ first broadcast was made on 30 July 2003. Initial broadcasts were only an hour long and consisted of brief news summaries, music, and introductory messages. Today, SRS is on the air 6 hours per day and programs include detailed news and informational content in the areas of current events, civic education, health, agriculture and animal husbandry, business and economic issues, and much more.
SRS is a project of Education Development Center, an international NGO, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).