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#defyhatenow bloggers workshop

Report from #defyhatenow workshop with South Sudanese bloggers in Nairobi, 27-28 July 2017

We sometimes forget that our online voices reach a wider audience than just our friends. Team #defyhatenow is reminding South Sudanese nationals that we need to continue working together to make the online spaces we inhabit more peaceful and tolerant.

Having a platform online gives everyone a voice, and empowers all of us to share our thoughts and contribute to global discussions. What you do with the “little big” audience you have is what matters. We are not just ordinary citizens of our respective countries, we are citizens of the world, and in a minute your online message could bring peace or exacerbate conflict in the world offline.

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Kenya is an example of a country where blogging has moved from a revolution to a way of life. The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is at the forefront of this transformation. It is a community association of Kenyan bloggers and writers that promotes online content creation & free expression in Kenya.

BAKE connects blogs in Kenya from all areas of interest and expertise. It was formed in 2011 after a series of discussions concerning content creation and consumption of online content in Kenya.

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Topics covered included an introduction to blogging, how to set up a personal blog, ethical considerations, an overview of citizen journalism and storytelling for positive change in sessions from Kachwanya of BAKE, Caleb and Theo of PeaceTech lab, writer and blogger Kendi, with support from our #defyhatenow team project manager and social media manager.

Participants were able to create their own personal blogs, using Medium and WordPress.

The bloggers workshop also focused on strategies for understanding information verification and fact checking. PeaceTech Lab facilitated a session on how to detect and report instances of hate speech and online propaganda on Facebook and other social media platforms. PeaceTech Lab published the Lexicon of Hate speech terms in South Sudan, and conducts ongoing monitoring and analysis shared through the Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).

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We all need to be extremely careful about what we share because we reach an audience of more than our friends. Since you have the choice of how to speak and write, it’s important to choose your words wisely, and use them to promote understanding, tolerance and peace – online and offline.

#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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I am Maura Ajak, I report on gender-based violence in South Sudan

South Sudan will be rebuilt by the South Sudanese people. Everyone is passionate about building a little piece of their South Sudan and impacting the country in their own little big way.

This is the first article in our “I #defyhatenow “series. we will be featuring South Sudanese citizens talking about their daily lives and how they defy hate and opt for peace through their work. 

We caught up with the courageous Maura Metbeni Paul Luigi Ajak, an award-winning reporter working for The Catholic Radio Network in Juba, South Sudan.

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Here is our chat:

Have you lived in South Sudan all your life?

I was born in Wau but I grew up in Khartoum, Sudan. I came back to South Sudan in 2008.

I started my studies in Khartoum, where I did both my primary and secondary school certificate at  Combonian Catholic Schools.

What inspired you to become a journalist?

I have witnessed a lot of gender-based violence. I have heard of massive rape done by uniformed men where women/girls are randomly raped by two or three men at a go. Underage girls between the ages of 11-15 are gang raped like they are toys to play with. They lose their innocence and are scarred for life because of such experiences. Being a woman in South Sudan I knew I had a voice and an opportunity and I knew I wanted to tell these stories, so that maybe someone can help. It was my way of helping my fellow women.

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I also happen to speak both English and Arabic which helps in communication and reporting.

Tell me a gender-based violence experience you have witnessed.

One time, early in the morning at around 6:30 AM I heard a woman screaming, “HE WILL KILL ME, HE WILL KILL ME” I dressed in a hurry and I rushed outside. I found a husband beating his wife with a black leather belt, at first I thought it was the guy who sells water as the whips sound similar when applied to a donkey. Looking closer I saw a woman wailing and a man hurling insults at her while beating her, as the men surrounding them watched laughing and encouraging the husband.

Our neighbor grabbed the leather belt and shouted at him to stop it. That’s when everyone left in a hurry. As a woman there was nothing I could do to stop him. I stood there and painfully watched because if I dared to interfere I would be harassed endlessly but it was painful to stand by.

Has someone been violent towards you directly?

Not physically, just verbally and mostly from men. I think for just being a woman with a job and also being a journalist is enough to warrant some form of violence here.

Most of your work is based on human rights and transparency issues and South Sudan, why is that?

I am a woman and most of the cases concerning human rights violations involve women being abused in one way or another. Not many people want to talk about these issues but they need to be told openly to the world.

Underage girls and women who are gang raped need someone to tell their stories to, even if it’s anonymously. I had a case where a girl had been brought to the hospital by the Bishop. She had been gang-raped; her clothes were soiled and bloody. Her body was swollen; she was crying and was inconsolable. I was so angry and bitter with the world. If I was alone I might have punched the air to release the tension but I remained calm because I had to do the story and give that girl strength.

 

What challenges do you face because of your work?

It can be scary especially in South Sudan but I like my work so I always ensure I get my information from trusted sources to avoid complications. It’s also hard to gather sensitive information, especially when it is fresh so I give it time to cool down then I start digging for information afresh.

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You have been recognized and awarded for your reporting on transparency and gender issues in South Sudan;  how did that feel and what does this award mean to you?

I really felt honored, it is a lift up stage for me to do more as a human rights defender. The award has given me the courage to bring up the unheard voices In terms of issues that considered a taboo in some communities.

 

 

 

What are your hopes for journalism in South Sudan?

I hope we have an institution where journalists can gather and get updates on the happenings routinely. I also hope we have a space where human rights issues and sensitive issues e.g conflicts and gender-based violence can reported with the openness they deserve.

How do you think  South Sudanese nationals can use social media to defy hate and preach peace?

We should feel free to share our experiences in a way that impacts the world positively. Childhood stories, old stories from our ancestors and day to day stories showing the progress and steps we have made as a country. These stories would help to achieve peace by creating awareness about the consequences of war.

What would you tell anyone reading this?

No one thrives in war. Most people love peace and peace begins with you and me. Let’s not incite each other and especially with this era of social media let’s thrive to preach peace. #defyhatenow

 

 

This interview was conducted & written by Kendi Gikunda  . The opinions expressed in this article are the Interviewee’s own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of #defyhatenow.

What is South Sudan if we are divided?

What is #SouthSudan if we are divided?

Signposts with peace messages distributed to schools in Bor Town, Jonglei State. Connecting local slogans to #socialmedia for media literacy + #peacebuilding!

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

Say No to Hate Speech #defyhatenow BOR

 

#defyhatenow correspondent Bior Ajang Jaden Biorology makes a passionate appeal to students in Bor town. Watch Video here.

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Bor College High School Students #defyhatenow South Sudan

These young ladies from Bor College High School are encouraging parents in #SouthSudan to keep their daughters at school.

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“I need pen not gun” #defyhatenow #SouthSudan #Bor #Peace4ALL

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Online & offline hate speech in South Sudan, Illustrations by Hannah Rounding

A series of illustrations made by artist Hannah Rounding. The images are a series of visual training aids produced for the #dehyahtenow . The materials are designed to be used by NGOs, schools, universities, journalists and community groups to create awareness, discussion and understanding around social media based hate speech, the impact of this on the ground and ways social media can be used to mitigate violence.

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About  Hannah Rounding

Hannah is an artist/illustrator and international development professional. Ishe specialises in designing and delivering creative community development projects that span the arts, cultural heritage, media, peacebuilding, education and justice sectors. She has over 10 years’ experience working across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

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I am Bior and I stand for Peace

Bior is a young South Sudanese from Bor town, who is actively engaged in peacebuilding and is part of the #defyhatenow community for the past 18 months.

Inspired by the need for Peace in his community Bior decided to organize a peacebuilding outreach in Bor town.

Bior’s passion for peace is deeply held, and despite the many challenges and difficulties, he continues to be optimistic and utilizes every chance he has to spread peace and share with his community. The recent Peace Outreach is just one of the many activities Bior is engaged in.

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[excerpts from Bior’s report]

After two days of outreach from school to school on #defyhatenow, these were the requests from the teachers.

Small sign posts with peace notes. These small sign posts will be used to write important peace notes and spread around the school like the ones the team to Bweyale saw on the school compound. This will help remind teachers, students and parents that come to school and the messages of peace will continue to spread around the communities every day.

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History books. The teacher suggested that if there could be any way #defyhatenow can find encouraging history books on national and community peace building to be given to students to read all the time to give hope and love for their nation they would appreciate that.

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Games and sports. This is the most unifying event that brings schools and communities together, because this brings all students from different schools, tribes, cultures, denominations together to competition among themselves know each other and learn from each other hence peace building come automatically among themselves.

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Support orphans at schools. Orphans are the most neglected people when it comes to treatment, care, school, justice, and more. The teachers said if #defyhatenow can help generate support for orphans it could be better for them to learn and participate in peacebuilding through education and not to think or feel bad for being an orphan.

If #defyhatenow can help to do this the education will spread even to the helpless. These are some of the things we are planning to do in Bor to #defyhatenow.

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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

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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

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4All from Rhino Camp to Berlin

#Peace4ALL Video PREVIEW Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Online & Berlin Roundtable

#Peace4all Music Video Preview 28th March 6-8pm

The preview of the new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th at 6pm.

The video preview will be on March 28th with German Ambassador to South Sudan, Johannes Lehne and #Peace4ALL artists online at r0g_agency studio.

Launch events to follow in Juba, Arua & Rhino Camp Uganda. Stay tuned for events in South Sudan and Uganda, while you enjoy the music video online.

Free Boy, RonnyRiddimz, Barnabas Samuel and Ladule Chris appearing on skype from Arua! Join us in Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Berlin & online.

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#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL
“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.)

Roundtable Discussion @ r0g_agency, Berlin

In the face of recent and disturbing news from South Sudan, you are cordially invited to a round-table discussion with Ambassador Johannes Lehne and our South Sudanese social media expert Nelson Kwaje, at the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.

This informal discussion around grassroots peacebuilding through education, innovation and culture is on Tuesday, March 28, 6-8 pm at our new Charlottenburg office in Knobelsdorffstr. 22, 14059 Berlin, Germany.

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #PeaceVillage

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

The music program was 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.

The group also works to offer psychosocial support to refugees through sharing messages of hope in their compositions and events. It’s aim is to comfort those who are traumatised due to issues of lost property, family members or hope.

Brought together by the 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 Video

Peace4ALL Video

#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).

PeaceTech Lab: Social Media & Conflict in South Sudan

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms & Countering Hate Speech

Since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, South Sudanese have called attention to how hate speech has inflamed further violent conflict. But what’s the connection between online hate narratives and violence on the ground in South Sudan? How do we begin to understand those connections?

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab has developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence, and their social and political context. The Lexicon also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech via an online portal for countering hate speech.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Report

“Countries with rapidly expanding Internet access, such as South Sudan, are also experiencing the spread of online rumors, misinformation, and targeted attacks to exploit political or ethnic differences,” says Theo Dolan, Director of PeaceTech Lab Africa.

Dolan says that raising awareness among social media users around the world is urgently needed to shed  light on the dangers of hate speech, particularly related to South Sudan. Online hate speech can spread through personal and family networks, and it spreads fast – information can flow very quickly from a diaspora community in Australia to the US and back to South Sudan.

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

The goal of the lexicon is to inform organizations and individuals combating hate speech and building peace in South Sudan, as well as to raise awareness among social media users on the dangers of specific inflammatory language.

The research is incredibly important because South Sudan has been in conflict for so long. People are already traumatized and online hate speech can reinforce this trauma. With more contexts around why these terms are inflammatory, people will have a better idea of how to combat the problem” says PeaceTech Lab Director Theo Dolan.

 

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

Access a summary of the project, live visualizations from the social media analysis of hate speech, news articles, and resources for organizations countering hate speech through the South Sudan Hate Speech Data Portal, located in the PeaceTech Lab’s Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

PeaceTech Lab Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms chart

Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan: A Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms Download Report
Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx) South Sudan Hate Speech Portal
RADIO MIRAYA INTERVIEW with Theo Dolan on PeaceTech Lab research & lexicon

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow

Wikipedia Peace Agents in Wau 15-16th December

#defyhatenow wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau! Wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.

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#Peacejam #SouthSudan #Peace4Wau #Peace4SouthSudan

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Using #Wikipedia for peace & right information in #SouthSudan

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents workshop by @defyhatenow for 2 days in #Wau

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudana

 

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#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

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