Why is the Nuba area so underreported?
It’s really difficult logistically for people to get into that region. For people to fly to the Ida refugee camp [in South Sudan and where many Nuba refugees have fled], it’s very expensive because there’s not regular flights going there…And then, from the refugee camp, reporters would need to find a different vehicle to take them into the war zone…One barrel of fuel is about $1,000.
How do your reporters get in there?
Our reporters are from the region, so they are reporting from areas where they have been and they know the language…Our reporters [also] have motorbikes, which use limited fuel, and they’re very mobile. While fuel is expensive, they can go by themselves with all their equipment and stay in an area. If they need to stay in an area for two weeks and cover a story, they can do that. We have that flexibility.
What do you hope to achieve with Nuba Reports?
You have a lot of ethnic issues because of the war. A lot of times people will say that this war is about Arabs versus black Africans or Christians versus Muslims. In actuality, it’s not like that at all. It’s more a complicated civil war that has been going on for a very, very long time. We are bridging a lot of those gaps that have been made through propaganda over the past probably 30 years, by the fact that a lot of our reporters are from the regions that they are, but a lot of our editors and support team on the Sudanese side are from different parts of Sudan. Whereas in the past, they may never have worked together. We have people who are Muslims, we have people who are Christians, we have people who are Arabs or black African tribes—all of them working together in the same organization, with the same goals: to bring attention to what’s happening in their country. This is quite revolutionary in terms of the situation in Sudan, and we hope that it will also show other organizations and other people from those regions that they can work together.