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David Mono Danga

Juba, South Sudan
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About David
David Mono Danga is a journalist based in Juba, South Sudan. He is a multimedia investigative Journalist specializing in Environmental issues, health, education, sports and human rights related issues affecting vulnerable, marginalized or disadvantaged groups.  

Currently, Mono-Danga freelances with Voice of America majorly reporting for the South Sudan in Focus program from the country’s cities of Juba, Yei and Yambio. 

He started his career as a volunteer reporter with the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) for two years before moving to the Print industry as a reporter for the Juba Monitor newspaper, South Sudan’s leading independent English newspaper. He has served at the Juba Monitor newspaper as a reporter, senior reporter, Copy Editor and Sports Editor.

In his free time Mono-Danga enjoys reading novels, playing football, swimming and mountain climbing.
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South Sudan Cattle Raiders Sentenced to Death by Hanging

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
In Jonglei state, South Sudan, two men, Kuorwel Majok Mayom and Chol Manyiel Jool, were sentenced to death by hanging for stealing cows and killing the owner, John Buol Dut. The high court judge, John Yiel Aleu, deemed the death penalty appropriate for their crimes. The ruling has sparked mixed reactions; the victim's family supports the sentence, while the convicts' family plans to appeal, citing lack of direct evidence. Activist David Garang believes the capital punishment will deter future cattle raiding and promote justice in the region.

Clashes Between South Sudan Forces Unsettle Western Equatoria State

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called for an end to clashes in Western Equatoria state after at least five people were killed. A joint team of South Sudan defense forces and Opposition Alliance forces was sent to Tambura to address the conflict. Reports indicate fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A IO) and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) loyal to General James Nando. The violence has displaced thousands of residents, with many seeking refuge at UNMISS camps. UNMISS chief Nicholas Haysom emphasized the need for urgent action from political leaders to prevent further loss of life and ensure safe access for aid workers. South Sudan’s Joint Defense Board aims to reduce tensions by separating forces in the area.

South Sudan Road Attacks Leave Nearly 30 Dead

02 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
A series of road attacks in South Sudan, including an ambush on Governor Louis Lobong Lojore's convoy, resulted in nearly 30 deaths. The violence, believed to be retaliatory, involved ethnic Buya youths and targeted areas in Eastern Equatoria. In Central Equatoria, additional attacks on the Juba-Yei Road left 10 more dead. State officials accused the National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels, led by Thomas Cirillo, of the attacks, which NAS denied. The incidents underscore ongoing tensions and the need for peace talks among South Sudanese factions.

Mixed Reaction to South Sudan Currency Rule

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Business leaders in Juba express mixed reactions to the South Sudanese government's new rule mandating transactions in local currency. While some, like Lisok Emmanuel of Vast Printing Company, appreciate the move for its potential to strengthen the national currency, they worry about restricted access to hard currency for imports. Robert Mbesa of Trinity Energy supports the rule but advises on policies to boost local production. The economic crisis is exacerbated by the South Sudan pound's devaluation and requires rule enforcement and stability, according to economist Okumu Bosco.

Over 3000 trucks pile up at Elegu causing price hikes in Juba

10 Apr 2021  |  theinsider-ss.com
Hundreds of commercial trucks have stopped at the South Sudan-Uganda border due to insecurity and recent armed attacks, with drivers demanding guaranteed safety before proceeding. The Kenyan Drivers Association and Kenya Transporters Association Limited have both called for action, with the former refusing to enter South Sudan until security is provided. The National Salvation Front has been accused of the attacks but denies involvement. The South Sudan People's Defense Forces are reinforcing security on major roads to Juba. Approximately 3,000 trucks are currently parked at the border, and prices in South Sudan are rising due to the delays. Peace talks are ongoing in Naivasha, Kenya.

South Korea Grants Emergency Use of Controversial AstraZeneca Vaccine

10 Feb 2021  |  www.voanews.com
South Korea has approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, with a precautionary warning for those over 65, and requires further clinical trial data. European countries have limited its use due to insufficient data on elderly recipients. South Africa suspended its AstraZeneca vaccination campaign after a study showed limited effectiveness against a local variant. South Africa will use Johnson & Johnson's vaccine for health workers. The U.S. FDA approved a new therapeutic drug by Eli Lilly for high-risk COVID-19 patients.

Green Horizon is an Israeli agricultural project conducting large scale agricultural activities in South Sudan but for a long time they have been exploiting the local communities where they operate. Therefore, this story served to undercover some of these vice such as land grabbing, fueling inter communal conflicts and the usage of bad irrigation systems that in the end would cause conflicts along the Nile Basin region.

Journalists Report Harrassment From South Sudan's Media Authority

10 Sep 2019  |  Voice of America
The article discusses the challenges faced by journalists in South Sudan, highlighting the case of Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of Al-Watan newspaper, who was detained after refusing to apologize for covering Sudanese protests. The South Sudanese Media Authority, which was established to protect journalists, is now accused of becoming a perpetrator of press freedom violations. Despite the 2018 peace agreement improving South Sudan's ranking in the World Press Freedom Index, journalists continue to face intimidation, arrest, and violence. The article includes perspectives from various individuals and organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the South Sudan Editors' Forum. It also mentions the government's blocking of several news websites and the suspension of Radio Miraya's FM frequency.

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