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Diing Magot

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About Diing
Diing Magot is a dedicated journalist with a passion for feature stories, current news, and health-related reporting. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for content creation, Magot excels in interviewing and gathering information, adeptly transcribing stories from Arabic to English to reach a broader audience. Her work has significantly highlighted issues in Sudan and South Sudan, focusing on human rights, freedom of expression, public health, and environmental conservation.

Throughout her career, Magot has provided in-depth coverage of the life and political career of Alfred Taban, a notable journalist and politician known for his media freedom advocacy and opposition to the government in Khartoum. She has also critically reported on the humanitarian crisis in the Abyei region, where a massacre claimed over 30 lives, and has scrutinized the UN peacekeeping forces for their failure to protect civilians. Her investigative journalism has further revealed the challenges faced by South Sudan's prison authorities in managing COVID-19 risks within overcrowded and unsanitary detention facilities, and the struggles of Juba residents in accessing clean water amidst increased fuel prices during the pandemic.

Magot Chol's contributions to environmental journalism are evident through her involvement in the #EverydayNile project, which highlighted photojournalists' work documenting water stories around the Nile River. She has also delved into the prevalence of wildlife crimes in South Sudan, underscoring the country's struggle to enforce its Wildlife Act and the complicity of military and security officials in poaching activities. Magot Chol's reporting has been instrumental in raising awareness and fostering understanding of the complex issues facing the Nile Basin region, solidifying her reputation as a journalist committed to truth and impactful storytelling.

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A collection of Articles that I wrote as an intern at Citizen Television Kenya at the Digital Department.

The director of Machakos Peoples Park, Mesh Musyoki, on Monday resigned from his post citing a lack of budgetary support by the county leadership. This story was written for Citizen TV Kenya.

Resident doctors from the Aga Khan Hospital, the largest private hospital in Kenya downed their tools because they were calling for the implementation of the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Davina Field- Marsham creates a huge impact with her project

29 Nov 2023  |  diingm.blogspot.com
Davina Field-Marsham, a 16-year-old with Kenyan and Canadian roots, has founded 'Do right', a non-profit project in Kenya and Canada that sells stylish bracelets to fund maternal health initiatives. The bracelets are made by women prisoners at Langata Women's Maximum Prison, providing them with income for their families. Profits from sales go towards postnatal care packages for women, encouraging them to visit clinics during and after pregnancy. These packages include essential items and information to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity. Davina has faced challenges coordinating the project from Canada, where she is a student, but remains committed to her cause, with plans to expand bracelet sales to stores in the future.

Why wildlife crimes are easily committed in South Sudan

01 Jun 2023  |  Oxpeckers - Investigative Enviromental Journalism
The article investigates the prevalence of wildlife crimes in South Sudan, highlighting the country's struggle to enforce its Wildlife Act and prosecute offenders. Despite the existence of the Act, the enforcement capacity is limited, and wildlife crimes such as poaching and trafficking remain rampant. The article details the challenges faced by the Ministry of Wildlife in tracking and prosecuting cases, exacerbated by the country's recent civil wars and economic hardships. It also touches on the involvement of military and security officials in poaching activities. The article mentions efforts to combat wildlife crimes, such as the establishment of wildlife offices and community sensitization, but notes that lack of funding hampers these initiatives. The story is part of the #WildEye Eastern Africa project, supported by InfoNile and the Earth Journalism Network's Biodiversity Media Initiative project.

Juba city relies on water trucks that deliver water extracted from River Nile, which have increased their prices during the pandemic

30 Mar 2023  |  InfoNile
The article by Diing Magot discusses the challenges faced by residents of Juba, South Sudan, in accessing clean water. The city relies on water trucks to deliver water from the Nile River, but the pandemic has led to increased fuel prices, causing a rise in water prices. The South Sudan Urban Water Corporation sells water to trucks, but transportation costs add to the price for consumers. The article highlights the struggles of residents like Rhoda Daniel, who sometimes cannot afford water, and water truck drivers like Samson Taban, who face customer disbelief over price hikes. The article also touches on the dangers of water trucking, including accidents and discrimination against drivers. It discusses the government's water policies, the impact of war and COVID-19 on water infrastructure, and efforts to improve water supply, including projects by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and negotiations with Egypt for a water treatment plant.

The #EverydayNile Project: Documenting Life Along the River Nile

02 Dec 2022  |  InfoNile
The article discusses the #EverydayNile project, which was an exhibition held in Cairo, Egypt, showcasing the work of 10 photojournalists from nine Nile Basin countries. The project, funded by IHE Delft Water and Development Partnership Programme and hosted by InfoNile, aimed to document and share everyday water stories around the Nile River through photography. The exhibition took place from 12th June to 20th July, 2022, at the Goethe Institute in Cairo. It highlighted the diverse experiences and challenges faced by communities along the Nile, from Burundi to Egypt. The project also included community exhibitions in Kenya and Uganda. The article features insights from various photojournalists and the project leader, emphasizing the power of visual storytelling in raising awareness and fostering understanding of water issues and the shared nature of the Nile River.

South Sudan Frees Some Prisoners

19 Apr 2020  |  Voice of America
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on South Sudan's prison authorities to release certain categories of prisoners due to the high risk of COVID-19 infection in the country's overcrowded and unsanitary detention facilities. HRW researcher Nyagoah Tut Pur highlighted the government's efforts to control the virus spread but pointed out that prisoners remain highly vulnerable. The organization has also called for the closure of detention facilities run by the National Security Service (NSS), which unlawfully detains civilians. In response, the Director General for the National Prison Service, General Henry Kuany Aguar, has issued instructions to release 1400 inmates to reduce overcrowding. Measures to prevent the virus spread, such as social distancing and suspension of prison visitations, are being implemented, and some prisoners have already been released in various locations, as confirmed by Major General Anthony Oliver Lege, the spokesperson for the National Prison Service.

British MP Saw Immediate Aftermath of Abyei Attack

29 Jan 2020  |  Voice of America
Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, a member of the British House of Lords and CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, reported witnessing the aftermath of a massacre in the Abyei region, which is contested by Sudan and South Sudan. She criticized the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNIFSA) for failing to protect civilians during an attack on the village of Kolom, where over 30 people were killed, allegedly by armed Misseriya nomads. Cox plans to address the issue in the British Parliament. Local officials and citizens in Juba, South Sudan, joined Cox in mourning the victims and called for international action to prevent further violence. They also highlighted the need for humanitarian assistance for the displaced survivors. The UNIFSA's mandate includes protecting civilians and ensuring security in the region.

South Sudan Mourns Veteran Journalist

29 Apr 2019  |  Voice of America
Veteran journalist and politician Alfred Taban passed away in Kampala, Uganda, at the age of 62. He was celebrated for his advocacy for freedom of expression in Sudan and South Sudan. Taban founded the Khartoum Monitor, Sudan's first independent newspaper, which was later renamed the Juba Monitor after South Sudan's independence. He served as a member of parliament and was known for his critical stance against the government in Khartoum and for his efforts in nation-building. Despite being detained multiple times, he remained a strong voice for the media and won several awards for his bravery and commitment to human rights. A social media campaign has been initiated to cover his medical bills and funeral costs.

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