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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.

A satellite image of the Sudd taken from the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 4. (photo: Flickr / John & Mel Kots)
re‹think the way we use land
South Sudan’s struggle for its wetlands
8.03.2022  |  Politics
Godi Swalleh Safi, Executive Director of Help Food Security and Livelihoods Africa (HF-Africa), moulding plastic waste into interlocking bricks.  (photo: The Niles / Waakhe Simon Wudu)
re‹think the way we use resources
Dealing with the scourge of waste
18.02.2022  |  Economy
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) captured by the Sentinel-2 satellite on April 4, 2020. (photo: Copernicus Programme)
Do we need a framework for dams?
31.03.2021  |  Politics
Michael Abebe briefs journalists at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert)
Why dams matter
22.02.2021  |  Economy
Children in South Sudan’s Unity State, November 3, 2015. (photo: The Niles | Waakhe Simon)
Degradation drivers
Could the Nile run dry?
26.03.2019  |  Society