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#انتظار A BOOK LAUNCH AND AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON CRITICAL THINKING AND READING CULTURE

 A BOOK LAUNCH AND AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON CRITICAL THINKING AND READING CULTURE 

  • 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.

http://www.akolmiyenkuol.com

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.

http://defyhatenow.net

Email: njk@defyhatenow.net

http://defyhatenow.net/

facebook: defyhatenow

twitter: @defyhatenow

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#defyhatenow 2016 Infograph

Defyhatenow 2016 infographics PDF

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UN WORLD PEACE DAY #PEACEJAM17 21st SEPTEMBER

#PEACEJAM17 #DEFYHATENOW

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam17 presents events in Juba, Bor & Torit in South Sudan; Nairobi, Kenya; Arua, Uganda; Edmonton, Canada & online.

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam17 aims to amplify ‘positive influencers’ occupying South Sudan’s social media landscape with voices of peacebuilding and counter-messaging rather than leaving that space open to agents of conflict.

A #peacejam can be a social gathering, it may be based on existing types of gatherings, dances, theatre, songs or improvised forms of collaborative action.

Anyone can join the social media #peacejam on Sept 21st, by attending an event or simply by sharing your own peace messages online with hashtags #defyhatenow & #peacejam17. Photograph your #peacejam messages, create gifs or quotes and upload to social media channels – blogs, instagram, facebook, twitter, whatsapp.

Hashtags need to be all one word, with no spaces to show up online as social media activism and allow monitoring of their reach, impact and engagement. 

Using #peacejam17 and #defyhatenow hashtags on your social media posts will help track the broader South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and to gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape.

“We sometimes forget that our online voices reach a wider audience than just our friends. #defyhatenow is reminding South Sudanese nationals that we need to continue working together to make the online spaces we inhabit more peaceful and tolerant. We are not just citizens of our respective countries, we are global citizens, and in a minute your online message could help bring peace or exacerbate conflict in the world.”

Kendi Gikunda, Bloggers workshop Nairobi August 2017

#defyhatenow #peacejam17 connects online with peacebuilders in South Sudan & the diaspora.

  • Harness the power of social media to promote peace; online and offline
  • Bring friends and communities in South Sudan and the diaspora together
  • Use Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, WhatsApp to be a social media peace mobilizer.

facebook: defyhatenow

twitter: @defyhatenow

http://defyhatenow.net/

Culture jamming is a tactic used to disrupt or subvert media culture and mainstream cultural institutions, using mass media to produce ironic or satirical commentary about itself, often subverting the original medium’s communication method. Memes & gifs are contemporary culture jamming tools that bring new understanding or angles to a particular theme or idea.

Blending ideas of a music improvisation (jam session) and culture jamming, #PeaceJam is an informal, community oriented peacebuilding event, process or activity where anyone interested in peace and cultural dialogue can get together in person and online to share their ideas, visions and hopes for the future – and to make new friends and connections. A #PeaceJam may be based on agreed actions or ideas suggested by participants, or may be wholly improvisational.

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To “jam” for peace is to improvise peacebuilding without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, but to develop new ideas and ways of doing things spontaneously with the energy coming from the creative interaction of the participants. The #PeaceJam17 host acts as a “conductor” bringing different performers, activists and others together, to focus on all manners of peacebuilding, with individual ideas, slogans and connections to others online while using, and learning about social media.  #defyhatenow #Peacejam17 supports South Sudanese citizens, youth and civil society to occupy the global social media landscape with peacebuilding, taking action against hate, conflict and incitement to violence.

#peacejam17 #defyhatenow#SouthSudan

#LetsTalk #thinkB4Uclick #BloodFree2017 #AnaTaban #theSouthSudanwewant  #SawaShabab #Peace4ALL

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share any other South Sudan related peace, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grassroots, literacy, education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups) or online peacebuilding and social media activism campaigns.

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#DEFYHATENOW PEACEJAM17 QUESTIONS:

What can everyone of us do to promote peace?

What does peace mean to you?

What are the symbols of peace in your culture / community / family?

How can peace impact our communities?

#PEACEJAM2016 PEACE MESSAGES

Peace is the only thing that people can’t have enough of

Peace is like change, it starts within, so let’s get to work everyone!!

#defyhatenow #peacejam17 presents events in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda & Canada, connecting online with peacebuilders in the South Sudanese diaspora

#defyhatenow aims:

  • to raise awareness of and develop means for countering social media based hate speech, conflict rhetoric and directed online incitement to violence.
  • to amplify ‘positive influencers’ occupying South Sudan’s social media landscape with voices of peacebuilding and counter-messaging rather than leaving that space open to agents of conflict.
  • to bring the South Sudanese diaspora into peacebuilding dialogue online

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#PEACEJAM17 EVENTS:

#PEACEJAMJUBA:

Venue: Nimera Talata Basketball Court

We will use music, drama and sports as a way of getting the young and the old to laugh, cheer and listen to messages of peace. Speakers include representative from #defyhatenow, peace activists, and representative from the German embassy. The day ends with a basketball match of mixed boys and girls teams.

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#PEACEJAMBOR:

We hold a Marathon for 10 teams (5 for kids and 5 for adults), then peace messages, dramas, songs, poems and more. Communities on/offline share ways of bringing peace home together.

Vine High School Students #defyhatenow BOR South Sudan

Vine High School Students #defyhatenow BOR South Sudan

#PEACEJAMTORIT:

The #PeaceJam in Torit will gather youths from communities in Eastern Equatoria to spread the culture of peace through drama and traditional performances (dance/music). The workshop shall engage participants with an introduction to understand the impact of online hate speech and incitement to violence, followed by a focused discussion and idea sharing on practical ways that community and youth leaders can engage in countering hate speech and mitigating incitement to violence in their communities, both online and offline. The outdoor event brings this message to the rest of the community with performances from local drama groups, artists, and peace activists.

#PEACEJAMNAIROBI: Arts reflecting on Cultural diversity in South Sudan

This year’s Peace Jam will feature performances by South Sudanese artists and poets to an audience of South Sudanese diaspora community in Nairobi. This informal event aims at bridging gaps between different communities by sharing different cultural experiences from South Sudan. Guest of honour will be renowned Abyei-born South Sudanese author and poet, Akol Miyen Kuol, also known as Akoldit. Akol will share his poem collection entitled ‘The Last Train’, referring to the August 2015 peace agreement. He calls on both men to ensure that South Sudanese citizens do not miss that last train.

#PEACEJAMRHINOCAMP: Yoro playground in Rhino Camp will be the central event location.

YSAT with support from #DefyHateNow and other partners will organise the #PeaceJam in Rhino Camp to bring young people together talking about Peacebuilding and raising awareness about how to avoid involving themselves in hate speech against their community members, tribes and colleagues. Drama, Poems and Music4Peace Concert will engage young people to make pledges of peace to #defyhatenow as they use social media responsibly in their daily life, and to create a platform to unite their efforts to fight tribalism, violence and hate speech online and offline with community led peacebuilding and intercultural engagement. Our target group are the local Refugee population in the 33 Villages of Rhino Camp with empathy to South Sudanese Youth, supporting their efforts to build peace outside their home country.

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam Rhino Camp, Uganda 21st September 2016 Photo: Jaiksana #peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam Rhino Camp, Uganda 21st September 2016 Photo: Jaiksana
#peacejam at Rhino Camp, Uganda #peacevillage Photo: Jaiksana

About YSAT: Youth Social Advocacy Team is a Refugee Youth led Community based organization working with and for Youth to engage them in peacebuilding, meaningfully empowering them to be change agents, SGBV activists, and successful entrepreneurs while connected with the global networks of young people.

#PEACEJAMEDMONTON

South Sudanese community members who attend the #PeaceJam17 in #Edmonton on September 21, 2017 will have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas about how to achieve peace in South Sudan. The goal will be to have the participants address the South Sudanese issues from a positive, solution-focused, peacebuilding lens, as a diaspora community.
In order for #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton participants to concentrate on sharing and attentively listening to other participants contributions, participants will be discouraged from using social media during the first part of #PeaceJam17. Once the discussion is concluded, #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton will transition into part two of the event, featuring social media posting/sharing. #PeaceJam17 #Edmonton participants will have the opportunity to post their peace ideas and messages that they have generated during the discussion onto social media – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram etc. Participants will be encourage to create a habit of consistently posting peace messages on social media – because peace is something we should be preaching everyday not just at #PeaceJam events or International Day of Peace, which comes once a year.

SOUTH SUDANESE DIASPORA ONLINE

#defyhatenow seeks ways to involve the diaspora community in online peacebuilding activities.

Exile and diaspora groups are key actors in reducing the level and intensity of online hate, as South Sudanese living outside of South Sudan have a direct impact on South Sudan through social media. Diaspora communities are closely linked with civil society actors in South Sudan, facilitating solutions to the effects of social media hate and incitement to violence within the diaspora itself. We are interested in connecting with communities of the South Sudanese diaspora in USA, Canada & Australia to bring these questions into a wider discussion and engage with citizens to #defyhatenow.

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International Day of Peace

“Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres:

“We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential. Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

The Day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it will be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan

#defyhatenow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aiming to support grassroots efforts to avoid media induced violence in South Sudan, through the vehicle of social media. We seek to enable those affected by the conflict to bring down the tone of online rhetoric, help the reconciliation process between their communities and develop a vocabulary with which to support ongoing peace and stability.

#defyhatenow responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by social media users in exacerbating or helping to mitigate these issues, since the eruption of conflict in December 2013 and July 2016.

Our vision is to strengthen the voices and support the actions of youth, women’s and civil society organizations, peace activists and independent journalists in South Sudan to develop strategies to mitigate such scenarios, as part of a wider global ‘dangerous speech’ mitigation community. Also to create an awareness of the impact hate speech has in potentially fuelling conflict and how social media can be used in a constructive and peacebuilding manner.

#defyhatenow is funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

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#Peace4All Music Video

Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video, Rhino Camp Uganda

“We just wanna dedicate this song, to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars and all we wanna do right now is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in, we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.”

Lyrics: Jaiksana A. José (RonnyRiddimz pan de beat – intro.)

#Peace4all Music Video at the #PeaceVillage, Rhino Camp Uganda

#PeaceVillage uses music to send positive and educational messages through songs and poems, raising awareness of the consequences of violence and the importance of peacebuilding, by discouraging hate speech online & offline.

The music program is designed to break down the prejudices that exist among South Sudanese communities and foster a culture of reconciliation by sending positive & educational messages through music & poems.

#Peace4ALL video was recorded at Luruja, Terego (Rhino camp).

Luruja is a cluster settlement inside Ofua zone which is yet the biggest settlement within the Rhino camp with a population that amounts to 30,000 people as of November 2016. Three members of the group are urban refugees who are running small businesses in Arua.

Brought together by their desire and commitment to fight ignorance about hate speech online and the effects of war, the groups embeds education in their lyrics in a bid to #defyhatenow.

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan
Peace4ALL Video

Peace4ALL Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video – CREDITS

LYRICS #Peace4all by Jaiksana A. José

Musicians: #Peace4All singers Sherry Zania (Aurora), Ronald Luate (RonnyRiddimz) and Adams Mandela (FreeBoy).

#PeaceVillage music group includes Isaac Deng (BigWig) Joseph Luate (Prince Joseph) BlueJay and Nico Yen. Three members of the group are urban refugees who are running small businesses in Arua.

Location: #Peace4ALL video recorded at Luruja, Terego (Rhino camp).

Luruja is a cluster settlement inside Ofua zone which is yet the biggest settlement within the Rhino camp with a population that amounts to 30,000 people as of November 2016.

Production: #Peace4ALL video shot by Benchmark films montage (P4A Camera shots by Yass Alman, directed and edited by AB soft.)

Community Development Centre (CDC). Community interest organisation committed to building strong and resilient communities in #SouthSudan & Uganda

#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and independent partners in Juba, funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)

#Peace4All Music Video

#Peace4All Music Video

LYRICS

#Peace4all
Jaiksana A. José

(RonnyRiddimz pan de beat)
Intro.
We just wanna dedicate this song,
to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars
and all we wanna do right now
is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in
we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 1. (Free Boy)
It’s gonna be you and me
to change this world into a better place let’s learn to love and not
discriminate let’s learn to move along, get along
I can see my people falling victims to bullets and bombs some are forced
to run away, and leave their homes
why does it have to be this way, (Be this way)
what do we gain from the wars and pain
let’s give peace a chance to take control
coz all it needs is all of us to play that role
coz all we need is come together!
Divide we fall united we stand

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow,
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 2. (RONNY RIDDIMS)
What do we gain?
(What do we gain?)
From this wars and pain
(From this wars and pain)
What do we gain?
(What do we gain)
when the nation is crying and we losing hopes.
what do we gain?,
you are my brother and sister.
we belong to each other – lets love one another
and #defyhatenow, no need for a trigger. Let us hold our hands!

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Verse 3. (Sherry Zania)
I’m talking to you Mr. Politician
how do you even sleep at night with this corruption?
And if your mission is to find peace,
why don’t you practice what you preach?
A generation is dying, the mothers are crying,
all we do is praying for a better day
For a better day
And we don’t wanna be refugees no more!

Chorus.
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need to suffer anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all
We only reap what we sow
we don’t need the fighting anymore
all we need is love in our hearts
all we need is #Peace4all

Outro.
We all – a-ll a-lll

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video

منظمة جنوب السودان للمسرح فى مسرح الشارع ،جوبا الرابع من اكتوبر 2016 تصوير حكيم جورج

#defyhatenow South Sudan Theatre for peacebuilding

This video introduces #defyhatenow workshops, street theatre and dance performances in Juba, with voices from citizens of South Sudan concerning the impact of online hate speech and incitement to violence in their communities.

In November 2016, Adama Dieng, the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide warned of the potential for genocide in South Sudan, noting how social media is contributing to the conflict. Report at UN Security Council on 17th November and Media Briefing by Mr. Adama Dieng on his visit to South Sudan.

#DefyHateNow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project that aims to strengthen the voices and support the actions of emergent & youth oriented civil society organizations in South Sudan.

Thanks to the South Sudan Theatre Organisation (SSTO) and Aggrey Jaden Cultural Centre. The street drama was developed around issues of hate speech online and incitement to violence offline. Performances at #peacejam, September 21st; Juba Girls Secondary School and PoC sites.

#defyhatenow responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by a wide range of social media users in exacerbating or helping to mitigate these issues, particularly since the eruption of conflicts on December 15, 2013 and July 2016. The initiative aims to raise awareness of and develop means to counter social media based hate speech, conflict rhetoric and directed online incitement to violence.

#peacejam

Use the power of social media to promote peace; bring friends and communities in South Sudan and around the world together.

#defyhatenow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and your favourite apps to become a social media peace mobilizer!

http://defyhatenow.net/
facebook: defyhatenow
twitter: @defyhatenow

منظمة جنوب السودان للمسرح فى مسرح الشارع ،جوبا الرابع من اكتوبر 2016 تصوير حكيم جورج

South Sudan Theatre Organisation #defyhatenow video trailer

Coming soon! Video by #DefyHateNow with South Sudan Theatre Organisation performances in Juba raising awareness & tackling hate speech on social media.

منظمة جنوب السودان للمسرح فى مسرح الشارع ،جوبا الرابع من اكتوبر 2016 تصوير حكيم جورج

#defyhatenow Street Theatre @ Juba Secondary School

The #defyhatenow team with the SSTO group stormed Juba one girls Secondary school this morning passing laughter with positive messages and raising awareness about the use of social Media.

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

#defyhatenow SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016

#defyhatenow SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Khamis

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Khamis

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

SSTO Street Theatre, Juba 4th Oct 2016 Photo: Hakim George

Social Media #PeaceJam World #PeaceDay Sept 21 2016

Be part of #defyhatenow social media #peacejam on world #peaceday!

#defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday #southsudan

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Link to #peacejam facebook event page & join #defyhatenow fb group

Add your #peacejam to the official International Day of Peace Event Map

UN International Day of Peace – September 21st 2016

Share your peace messages on social media: #defyhatenow #peacejam #peaceday

What is peace for you?

When did you last feel truly, deeply peaceful?

What are the symbols of peace in your culture / community / family?

Think about your experiences and make your own peace messages – be creative!

Write them with colourful markers, or any materials you can find (sand, pebbles). Paint or draw them. If there is a pithy and concise phrase that resonates with peace, turn it into a hashtag and start using it. Film short video messages, with your statement of peace on camera. Now you are ready to start the social media part of the #peacejam to #defyhatenow on #peaceday!

Photograph (or scan) your #peacejam messages and send them out into the world. Take photos of each other’s peace messages (if you are comfortable being online). If you made video messages, share them with #defyhatenow #peacejam on facebook!

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Peace starts within me – Iyiel Daud

South Sudan is You and I. The country is ours.

Attack problems not people

In peace we all win.

Inner peace translates to global peace

Use hashtags #peacejam #defyhatenow #peaceday along with any new ones you have invented. Send your peace messages out on facebook, to any groups you are part of, via twitter, instagram.

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The #defyhatenow initiative is focused particularly on South Sudan, although we are very interested in connecting with the South Sudanese diaspora around the world, everyone who is working for peace is welcome to join!

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

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Portrait by South Sudanese artist Abul Oyay

#AnaTaban is a community of young South Sudanese creatives who are tired of seeing our people suffer.

#AnaTaban provides a platform for ordinary people to make their voices heard and to draw attention to the suffering of the masses. #AnaTaban harnesses the arts to promote dialogue in the communities through music, street theatre, sculpture, poetry and just about any form of expression that could strike a chord with the public at large, and the youth in particular.

This song is dedicated to all those we have lost in this senseless war and to all those who are still here and are tired enough to make the changes we need:

Thank you for your positive energy and contribution to making the world a more peaceful place. Here are some additional resources to keep spreading peace and justice through activist strategies:

Join with people around the world– get involved in the International Day of Peace!

Beautiful Rising harnesses the insights of changemakers worldwide who are waging non-violence in cultural activism to help make our movements more strategic, creative and effective. Inspired by the concept of a “pattern language,” Beautiful Rising teases out the key elements of creative activism.

Jal Tekädä, The Journey of My Life, is a short film produced and performed by internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan, a town that witnessed some of the most brutal fighting of the conflict. The film tells the story of young IDPs’ journey to seek forgiveness and healing from the vicious civil war that erupted in December 2013.

Keep spreading peace, every day of the year!!!

Don’t let anyone with a political agenda derail your efforts or divide you from peaceful intentions.

Talk about what you can do next. Be actively engaged in peace on a daily basis in your own life. Keep building peace within you and inside your heart and seek professional help to overcome trauma.

Remember that every day you have the chance to choose peace, promote understanding, compassion and reconciliation through your own communication, experiences and interactions.

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#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

We work together for a peaceful world offline & online and peace in South Sudan.

#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), Juba.

#defyhatenow is funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

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The Juba Identity

South Sudan’s first International Film Festival: Changing the national cultural narrative. July 5th 2016

*Article from Newsweek By Published 7/7/16 at 9:49 AM

The Juba Film Festival is showcasing the work of local and international filmmakers in a bid to change perceptions of a country that, outside its borders, is largely associated with the horrors of war.

South Sudanese punters flock to a film screening during the country’s first-ever film festival in Juba, July 5. The festival offers South Sudan a chance to create a new identity, according to its organizer.Juba Film Festival/Facebook.

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