Voice of America (Washington, DC)

9 August 2013

Sudan: Remembering South Sudan Reporter Simon Kasmiro

South Sudan in Focus reporter Simon Wade Kasmiro, who was killed in a road accident on August 5, 2013.

Simon Kasmiro receives a certificate after successfully completing a Voice of America training course in June 2013.

A beaming Simon Wade Kasmiro -- a smile and talent that will never be forgotten.

Voice of America is in mourning following the death in a road accident of South Sudan in Focus reporter Simon Wade Kasmiro.

Kasmiro, 29, was one of the first reporters to work on South Sudan in Focus, joining the radio show when it was first set up in 2010.

"Simon was a great colleague in every way -- this is shocking and deeply sad news," English to Africa head Sonya Laurence Green said after learning of Kasmiro's death earlier this week.

"He was a hard-working and dedicated journalist," South Sudan in Focus managing editor and Washington-based co-host John Tanza said.

"He would go out of his way to get all elements of a story, no matter how long it took or how difficult or dangerous the assignment," Tanza said.

Alan Boswell, who was Kasmiro's first VOA editor in Juba, said, "Simon was one of the smartest and most conscientious young South Sudanese I ever met. He was going to do big things."

Kasmiro and a friend were killed on Monday evening when they were hit by a truck as they rode on a boda boda, one of the small motorcycles that are a common mode of transportation in Juba. A third person was also struck and killed.

Around 300 people attended a Roman Catholic prayer service held at Kasmiro's house in Gumbo, outside Juba, on Saturday. His Voice of America colleagues have launched a fund to help provide for his family.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Voice of America. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.