Vivian Amuna – Empowering women and young people at Rhino Refugee Camp in Arua, Uganda

Vivian at work

“Women are the backbone of our societies. South Sudanese women are the foundation that holds homes together. At Rhino camp when men are caught up in duties that involve protecting us, women are feeding the children, and ensuring they grow up to be functional adults.”

These are words spoken with passion by one Amuna Vivian who knows no other home apart from Rhino Refugee Camp in Arua Uganda.  Vivian works with the Youth Social Advocacy team at the camp and we caught up with her for a chat.

“My work involves working with women, children and young people,” she says with a chuckle.

What made you choose to work with the Youth Social Advocacy Team?

I have always wanted to work with numbers and people, that is why I am the Finance and Logistics lead for the team.  I was born here I have grown up seeing the struggle a lot of people go through. With such an environment you grow very empathetic and want to change the community around you. For me that’s the camp. I have grown up here and I know how hard it can be so if I can make the transition to camp life easier for anyone I gladly will.

Did you go to University/college to study finance?

No, I did not but I wish I did. I went to primary school at the camp and high school in the nearby towns. I did not go to university because I do not have anyone to support me with the school fees. If I found a way to go to university today I would study financial accounting. I live with my mother and my cousin at the camp and my mother doesn’t have anything to use to take me to university and I don’t make enough to support myself.

What does your job entail (what do you guys do as the Youth Social Advocacy Team)

We do peacebuilding through organizing workshops and training on peacebuilding.  We also engage in trauma healing and conflict resolution. We also have open-air concerts which we use as platforms to extend the peacebuilding agenda.

You mean there are conflicts even at the camp?

There have been tribal conflicts in the past and we have worked to ensure they do not recur. Now they are not common but we cannot stop advocating for peace because peace keeps us safe. It ensures a camp is a livable place. #defyhatenow

How would you describe life at the camp especially for you being a woman?

It’s easy for me that’s because I have never known any other home so it’s fine. It’s the only canvas I have ever drawn on I know there is a different life from life at the camp but I have never lived anywhere else so I have nothing to compare it to. Not to say it is easy because I have seen new women in the camp struggle to fit in. Women who arrive without any male family member struggle to construct houses. At the camp, only the elderly and a few women and children are helped to fit in. It is difficult to help everybody so one has to struggle to settle in their own time. Unless you are a miracle worker you cannot help everyone.

Did you say, children? Are there children who come alone?

Yes, there are children who have no parents or relatives. They are basically orphans because they also do not know what happened to their parents. They live alone in their own houses. They get support from some NGO’s but not sufficient since they are still children. Sometimes it is not safe for them to live by themselves but there isn’t much we can do at times. We help where we can, as I mentioned earlier you can only do so much.

Are there hospitals and amenities that women can access at the camp for maternity or any other person?

Yes, there are health centres. They are not state of the art but they serve the purpose.

What changes would you like to see at the camp especially towards supporting women?

I would like to see women engaged in projects that uplift their livelihoods and children getting a better education because these children are tomorrow’s adults. I wish women had better job opportunities even here at the camp, opportunities that help them see they are more than wives and mothers. As important those roles are there is so much more outside the home that women can do if they are empowered. We need to keep reminding the world that. #PressforProgress

What does peace in South Sudan mean to you?

It means I can finally go home. The home I have never belonged to. I can build a new life I can have an identity. Like you said IF only there is peace.

On this International Women’s day what would you like the world to know?

Women have the biggest role of raising children who are the future generation and they need to be treated with equality and dignity. #PressforProgress


DEFYمكافحة خطاب الكراهية من خلال الفنون, عرض فيلم

عرض فيلم DEFY 

الاول من مارس 2018 – 6 م

لوغالي هاوس
جوبا، جنوب السودان

مكافحة خطاب الكراهية من خلال الفنون

بطولة: سيلفانو يوكوي، دوكر ستيفن، ويني جوزيف، نيكول مريم
فريق الانتاج: SKP جنوب السودان، استوديوهات بيلبام مع r0g_agency
إخراج: إيجيلي حكيم إغلي
كتابة: سام لوكودو

جوبا، 26 فبراير 2018. مبادرة بناء السلام المجتمعية #defyhatenow تفخر بأن تعلن عن إطلاق “ديفاي – فيلم قصير” عن مخاطر إساءة استخدام وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية. وسيعرض الفيلم لأول مرة في فندق لوغالي هاوس يوم الخميس 1 مارس 2018 الساعة 6 مساء.

“ديفاي” (قاوم) يحكي قصة خيالية عن شخصية ” ديفيد” احد كبار السياسيين وإكتشافه الجديد لوسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية والمخاطر التي تأتي مع استخدام هذه المنصات لنشر الدعاية والشائعات.
ويتبع الفيلم مصير رجل الأعمال الشاب “سوفتوير” وزملائه الذين أصبحوا متورطين في نزاع خطير على الإنترنت مع ديفيد لأنه يستأجر شابة كمديرة لصفحته على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. الا ان ديفيد يقوم بإبداء آرائه الملتهبة على صفحته على الفيسبوك، مما ينتهى بتعريض حياته وحياة الشابة للخطر.
يُظهر “ديفاي” مثالا متطرفا ومحتملا حول كيف إساءة استخدام وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي يمكن أن تؤدي لاشياء مفاجئة، مشيرا إلى أن خطاب الكراهية ليس له مكان في حياتنا السياسية، أحياءنا وأماكن عملنا. ويهدف الفيلم إلى زيادة الوعي وتسهيل الحوار حول كيفية العمل معاً في مجتمعاتنا لمعالجة هذه المخاطر وتخفيف التحريض على العنف الناشئ من خطاب الكراهية على الانترنت.

جنوب السودان

إن شعب جنوب السودان، أحدث دولة في العالم، يتقاسم بقية اهتمام العالم في وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، ولكن مع اختلاف واحد: بعض السودانيين الجنوبيين داخل البلاد وفي الشتات وجهوا أدوات رقمية للتحريض على العنف على أسس عرقية في الأمة خلال الحرب الأهلية التي دامت ثلاثة أعوام ونصف من خلال نشر خطاب الكراهية الذي ربما أدى بطريقة أو بأخرى إلى تأجيج الصراع.

#defyhatenow تستجيب لخلق الوعي بأثر خطاب الكراهية في تأجيج النزاع وكيف يمكن استخدام وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية بطريقة بناءة لبناء السلام.

عن مبادرة #defyhatenow

بدعم من برنامج زيفيك الألماني من إيفا (معهد العلاقات الثقافية الخارجية- ifa) وتدار من قبل وكالة r0g_ للثقافة المفتوحة والتحول النقدي، #defyhatenow هي مبادرة مجتمعية لبناء السلام تهدف إلى مكافحة خطاب الكراهية على الانترنت وتخفيف التحريض على العنف على أرض الواقع في جنوب السودان.

ومنذ افتتاح المبادرة في عام 2015، قدم موظفو التدريب دورات تدريبية وحلقات عمل وأحداث رياضية وحفلات موسيقية واسعة النطاق للتوعية بأثر خطاب الكراهية على الإنترنت ، مما جمع المنظمات الشعبية ومجموعات الشباب في جنوب السودان و الشتات.

للتواصل تابعوا صفحات @defyhatenow في الفيسبوك وتويتر

لمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء التواصل مع باراش ، مدير العلاقات العامة, +211956262976

DEFY – the film , official launch

1st March 2018 @ 6pm

Logali House , Hai Matar, behind Crown Auto Ltd. Juba, South Sudan

Defy tells the fictional story of the fictional senior politician Honourable David’s newfound passion for social media and the risks that come with using these platforms to spread propaganda and rumours.
The film follows the fate of the young internet entrepreneur ‘Software’ and his colleagues who become entangled in a dangerous online conflict with Honourable David as he hires a young female manager for his social media page. After Hon. David posts inflammatory views on his Facebook page he ends up risking his life and that of the young woman.

Download the press release DEFY film launch on MARCH 1, 2018-03-01

DEFY Facebook Background Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 21.15.58

Starring Silvano Yokwe, Doker Stephen, Winnie Joseph, Nicole Mariam
Produced by SKP South Sudan, Bilpam Studios with r0g_agency
Director Egily Hakim Egily
Written by Sam Lukudu

Ruth Lugor, ROOTS of South Sudan is Committed to Helping the Women of South Sudan Craft a New Nation

ROOTS of South Sudan is Committed to Helping the Women of South Sudan Craft a New Nation.
ROOTS of South Sudan is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts.

ROOTS of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The ROOTS PROJECT, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project’s craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn.

Atoch Akuen, The challenges of girls education in South Sudan

Sudanese and South Sudanese youth get trained on Social Media

#defyhatenow17 #EndOfYearEvent



OPEN DAY & EXHIBITION 11th December 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Women’s Union
Hai Neem (behind Equatoria Tower), Juba, South Sudan

Click here to get a special invitation for  your friends.

#defyhatenow cordially invites you to join an open day of discussions, workshops, exhibitions and screenings to reflect how the initiative has been working to offer alternative narratives in the battle against online hate speech. By raising awareness of how social media affects conflict and can be used as a resource to mitigate hate speech, and other means to actively engaging communities in peacebuilding and positive cultural exchange #defyhatenow hopes to make a positive contribution to South Sudan’s future!

Hate speech refers to information that incites, belittles or mobilizes others against groups or individuals based on their ethnicity, race, religion, gender, creed or national identity. This disturbing trend is widely practiced via online platforms, sometimes without even knowing it or realising the consequences, increasing the risk of inter-communal conflict offline. As an urgent community peacebuilding initiative formed in reaction to the way social media has been used to inflame the December 2013 and subsequent conflicts, #defyhatenow has been engaged with grassroots organizations and youth groups for trainings, workshops, and cultural activities across South Sudan, in its neighbouring countries and amongst the broader online diaspora.

The #defyhatenow team would be honored to welcome your active participation in this activity filled day, looking forward to acquaint you with project resources and activities including:

• Exhibition of photographs, videos and documentation from #defyhatenow activities
• Presenting the #defyhatenow ‘Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide’
• Getting your voice and ideas for peace out online – interactive social media photo booth • Youths and children hands-on innovation and makerspace for collaborative arts
• How to engage with global knowledge resources such as Wikipedia for peace purposes • Preview film screening on raising on misuse of social media and likely impacts
• Culturally themed local food to crown the day!

Join #defyhatenow on Facebook, Twitter @defyhatenow
For further information, press and media, please contact:
Marina Modi <> / Tel: +211 0955950026

#defyhatenow is a collaborative civic conflict resolution initiative funded by the zivik programme of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Institute for Foreign Affairs) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office


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.


Juba WikiSprint

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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