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#defyhatenow Roundtable & Strategic Forum

Peace / Diaspora Roundtable & Strategic Forum on Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.

Date: Saturday 23rd JULY 2016
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Sentrim 680 (Sixeighty) Hotel Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi
Program: 4 sessions; breakaway workshop & focused strategic discussion.

Agenda: The main aim is to engage the South Sudanese community to develop a concrete action plan on countering the online incitement to violence.

#defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Peace4SouthSudan

INTRODUCTION

For the past few weeks leading to the current conflict happening in South Sudan, the South Sudanese online & diaspora community have been engaged in serious hate messaging.
These hate “battles” seem to have started right after the conflict in KajoKeji, Raja and Wau. When violence erupted, South Sudanese online began confronting each other along tribal lines through hate videos, hate comments and so forth. This intensified when fighting started in Juba on 7th to 11th July 2016.
It is important to note that a particular social media posting by the First Vice President’s spokesperson was cited as allegedly being the catalyst for the violence in July 2016.
This one day roundtable is aimed at bringing various actors in the Diaspora together with local peace activists to develop a strategy to combat current online activities, and mitigate the threat of further violence.

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Atong Atem – Third Culture Kids

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, who takes photos exploring the cultural identities of first and second-generation African migrants in Australia.

In a recent photo series she focuses on the social and cultural identities constructed by first and second generation Africans living in the diaspora. VICE spoke to her about living between two cultures, and untangling her home’s complex colonial histories. Her images focus on Third Culture Kids, who are often growing up in a perpetual identity crisis.

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Deng Adut – Refugee Lawyer

In 1985, the Sudanese government began destroying villages eventually leading to the rise of the People’s Liberation Army. Two years later, six-year old Deng Thiak Adut was taken away from his family’s banana farm in South Sudan and conscripted into the Army. After undergoing military training, several years of army service and witnessing numerous atrocities, Deng was still a boy when he was shot in the back while running through a village.

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