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Waakhe Simon

Waakhe Simon Wudu, also known as “Boboya”, is a South Sudanese journalist. He has been part of the MiCT Sudan and South Sudan project since its beginning in 2009. Waakhe freelances for international news agencies including Voice of America and Agence France-Presse. Earlier he worked as Central Equatoria State Correspondent for Gurtong Trust, a national peace and media project and news wire and the Juba Post newspaper. A “prolific, political and conflict-sensitive news writer”, as he describes himself, Waakhe also likes reporting on women and children issues. He also covered the historical referendum held in 2011 that witnessed South Sudan split from Sudan. With his firm belief in the role of journalism as watchdog over those in power, he says he wants to “contribute to more democratic processes in South Sudan – governance by the people for the people”. On a lighter side, Waakhe loves the traditional food from his home area – bush rat, commonly known as “Mijhi”. He likes swimming and is a great fan of the Manchester United Football Club.

Two men attend a hand over ceremony in Yei, November 16, 2005.  (photo: The Niles | Dominik Lehnert)
6/Gender: Always a role to fill
Skeletons of men
23.12.2016  |  Population
 (photo: Fayez Nureldine | AFP | Getty Images)
You can’t make it up!
8.07.2016  |  Five
The UNMISS POC camp in Juba on April 8, 2016. (photo: The Niles | Waakhe Simon Wudu)
No peace without justice
24.05.2016  |  Politics
Children living in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in South Sudan’s capital Juba, April 8, 2016. (photo: The Niles | Waakhe Simon Wudu)
The risk of collapse
28.04.2016  |  Politics
The Citizen TV (CTV) staff being trained by The Niles in Juba, July 11, 2012. (photo: The Niles | Dominik Lehnert)
Press freedom under attack
South Sudan’s Citizen newspaper lays off staff, forced to close
16.09.2015  |  Society
Lina Grater is committed to the new beginning in the South.
Beginning a new life
19.12.2010  |  Society