Remembering the Ones We Lost

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Remembering the ones we lost

Project Summary

This project is designed for one purpose: to honor the memory of each person who has died or gone missing during conflict in South Sudan.

Problem Addressed

This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.

Location

Online.

Key Communities

Everyone.

Dates

2014 - ongoing

Other actors

N/A

We are remembering

Project Description

Remembering The Ones We Lost is a public memorial that aims to name all victims of conflict and armed violence in South Sudan.

This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.

As such, the website allows individuals and communities to provide the names of people killed in armed conflicts through filling of the testimonial form via email, SMS and twitter. The project compiles the names of all people who have died in armed struggle since 1955 to-date and generalized armed violence.

You can participate in the project by visiting the project website and submitting the name of someone who is lost and/or by offering a memorial tribute.

Key Lessons

There is huge appetite among diverse publics to engage in memorialisation.

Recognising the losses incurred by individuals and communities in successive wars is a key process within any larger reconciliation.

Digital tools do achieve some traction in South Sudan, despite limitations. Engaging audiences via SMS helps overcome limitations.

Losses represent a shared experience within all South Sudanese communities and therefore contain potential for increasing mutual understanding as well as the role they play entrenching conflict.

Decades of experience cannot be wiped out by signing high level political agreements.

Quotes from People Involved

They were fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and children. Each of them cherished by their families and communities. They are the people killed or missing in the conflicts that have ravaged South Sudan since August 1955.” - Remembering the ones we lost website

Memorialization is a process through which society acknowledges violent and painful pasts and transforms them into tools for understanding both historical and contemporary injustices.” - Remembering the ones we lost website

What's Next?

You can participate in the project in the following four ways.

 

1. Visit www.rememberingoneswelost.com

2. Or download this form as a PDF here and email it to us.

3. Send an SMS to: +61481071202 (Note: We can only accept SMS messages from MTN number)

4. Send a tweet to @TheOnesWeLost (To submit names through SMS or Twitter, please provide this basic information: Name, age, sex, nationality, date and location of death or last seen. Please indicate if they are confirmed or presumed dead).

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