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

#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

Copy of Voice Peace Concert 1


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.

akol pic



  • 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.


facebook: defyhatenow

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.



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