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South Sudan’s Search for its Soul, Jok Madut Jok, TEDx, August 2012

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This video was produced in 2012 but is as relevant today as ever. Jok Madut Jok, then Under-Secretary Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport; Co-Founder Sudd Institute; Professor of African Studies, Loyola Marymount University, California and author of many books on South Sudan and North Sudan speaks about the importance of culture in nation building,…

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Ending the conflict in South Sudan: The way forward, Peter Biar Ajak, May 2017

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In April 2017, I was part of a delegation of South Sudanese experts, activists and a religious leader that travelled to Addis Ababa to meet with policymakers at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), Ethiopian government and other African and Western governmental organizations. While in Addis, the delegation delivered…

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Sawa Shebab, A Peacebuilding Radio Drama for Youth in South Sudan

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The series’ curriculum focuses on three main goals, identified by local experts as critical to building peace in South Sudan.

  • To promote peaceful co-existence among South Sudanese youth from different cultural and tribal orientations.
  • To create the foundations of peacebuilding by empowering South Sudanese youth to be accountable, independent and participatory citizens of society.
  • To promote peaceful and democratic growth in society by fostering an understanding of gender equality.

Throughout the radio drama we learn how the characters become peace builders in their communities. Youth are invited to share their thoughts and experiences online through the Sawa Shabab Facebook fan page as well as via Twitter (@SawaShabab) and via an SMS service.

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Masraa Ta Shaab/Citizen Theatre

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Citizen Theatre is building a national network of theatre groups, through its work with secondary school students and youth groups:

  • Training and Network-building: Citizen Theatre technique and establishing theatre clubs and groups
  • Community Forums: Trained youth perform Forum Theatre in the community to generate dialogue about local issues
  • Production of Forum Theatre Festivals
  • Production and dissemination of radio series using Forum Theatre models.

From Bor to Wau, Juba to Bentiu,Terekeka to Torit, young people bring up the same key issues through Forum Theatre: Corruption, early marriage, alchoholism, tribalism and cattle raiding. The activity allows youth to come together and create a rare space for dialogue and action-planning.

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South Sudanese Folk Tales

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The platform emerged out of Na’eesh Mabadh / Living Together, a multimedia peacebuilding project which draws inspiration from South Sudan’s folklore and oral tradition.

The Na’eesh Mabadh team recorded folktales during storytelling sessions in four locations in South Sudan: Bentiu, Pibor, Renk and a PoC site in Juba, discussed and analyzed themes of peace and conflict in the stories, and then adapted them into a series of radio programmes, which are being broadcast in South Sudan throughout 2016.

At the inception of that project, the organizers understood the value of the folktales and other materials they would gather, and envisioned an online platform that would serve as both a site for documentation and space for dialogue. The South Sudanese Folktales website is now that space.

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