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Our Bor team led by Bior Ajang will be organizing an interchurch Dinka language spelling competition with the aim of bringing youths together to create cohesion and discuss matters related to peaceful coexistence.
The event will include speech and peace messages from elders and head of churches on the importance of being Peaceful respectful to each other and the value community gatherings.

Reach out  to our Bor team lead for more info
Bior Ajang Garang

Don’t miss this one if you are in Bor town.


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How Identity informs opinions in South Sudan, an open discussion by #defyhatenow

the conflict in South Sudan is very complex and multilayered, which is evident in the uncertainty of the Peace Agreement, continued economic instability, and overall insecurity. One contributor to the current conflict is identity; whether through political affiliation(s), tribe, religion, ethnicity, etc. In this month’s (August 2017 ) #defyhatenow diaspora meet-ups we will explore this theme in an evening discussion with the South Sudanese community in Nairobi.

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  • Date: 7th November 2017
  • Time : 16:00 – 19:00
  • Venue: NaiLab
  • Bishop Magua Centre, off Ngong Road opposite Uchumi Hypermarket.
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Contact : 0711250795
  • Pizza and Drinks will be provided
  • signup here 

It is our delight to be hosting the renowned South Sudanese poet and author Akol Miyen Kuol for the second time this year, Akol will be launching his poetry collection
#انتظار and engage with the audience in an open discussion on the role of critical thinking and reading culture in South Sudan.

Akol Miyen Kuol is an author, poet and journalist commonly known as Akoldit . He was born in 1974 in Thurkuruk village in the oil-rich region of Abyei, South Sudan. Due to the continuous political instability in Abyei, he deserted the region in 1978 and underwent studies in northern Sudan.

The author has published two collections of poems titled ‘The Sun Will be Rising’, 2001 and ‘The Last Train’, 2003, as well as an analytical book entitled ‘A Case for the Capacity of South Sudanese to Rule Themselves’, 2009. ‘Sudan: Understanding the Oil-Rich Region of Abyei’, which was first published in 2011 is Akol’s fourth book. He also published a paper in 1997 in Cairo, Egypt entitled ‘The Obstacles of Creativity in South Sudan’, in which he proposed among other recommendations, a confederation system as a solution to Sudan and South Sudan problem.

Akol is married to Christine Nyanakol Gordon Riak with whom he has three children, Mijak, Nyenawut and Kuol (Mandela, Jr).

About #defyhatenow

#defyhatenow seeks to support those voices acting against the conflict to go ‘viral’ within and outside the country – bringing the South Sudanese diaspora into the online peacebuilding framework, bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those with access to technology and those without.


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twitter: @defyhatenow


#defyhatenow 2016 Infograph

Defyhatenow 2016 infographics PDF


Mediation and counter-messaging for hate speech prevention

Our partner organization Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT) has successfully conducted a training on mediation and counter-messaging for hate speech prevention.  The event was held at Rhino refugee settlement in Arua district, Uganda.


50 Peace Ambassadors and  15 Refugee Welfare Council (RWC)/Local Council (LC) Leaders were trained on Mediation, Counteracting Hate Speech, Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Violence prevention to enable them preach peace given their different roles and responsibilities in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement which is comprised mostly of South Sudanese nationals.

This training is part of a series of activities aimed at helping the South Sudanese diaspora community in understanding the impact of hate speech and the need for active involvement of all citizens in peacebuilding.


We believe citizens are key stakeholders in helping us defy hate speech among the diaspora community of South Sudan especially in Uganda where the biggest number of Refugees are settled.

Training objectives

  • To mobilize the Refugee community to join our walk for a Peaceful S.Sudan online and offline
  • To introduce the hate Speech, its dangers and how to counteract it in the society given its impact offline
  • To share what the Peace Ambassadors have been doing after their first training.
  • To spread the Peace mission in all the villages of Rhino Camp through the 50 Peace Ambassadors and the 15 Refugee and Local Leaders
  • To change the way people use social media to combat violence and reduce inciting violence.
  • To empower Refugee Youth as active Peace builders for peaceful co-existence in Uganda where they are living in the refuge camp.


Youth Social Advocacy Team is a Youth-led community-Based Organization that works with and for Youth (young people), empowering them to be Peace Ambassadors while in the different Refugee settlements. The organization enables youth to live together in the refugee camps despite the challenges of conflicts at home and the difficulties of living as refugee.



Bior Ajang “What is #SouthSudan if we are divided?”

Only in peace we see can good triumphs ,#SouthSudan kickboxing coach

Social Media is a gift to us, Father. Luis Tony Okot ,#defyhatenow

South Sudanese musician Adol Hakima #defyhatenow & #GivePeaceAChance

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