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This project is supported by the European Union.

Any material related to this project is the sole responsibility of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan and Media Diversity Institute and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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Street children cry out for help

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The 12 April 2011 was the international day of the street child but, in much of South Sudan, soon to be the world’s newest state, it has passed without notice or acknowledgement, save for a local charity in Yei which organized an event to highlight the social and economic magnitude of the problem.

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Another perspective

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A granny's view on the new State of South Sudan

"We have known nothing but injustice since we were born"

South Sudanese journalists trained to give a voice to the voiceless PDF Print

Posted: 3 December 2010/Region: Juba, South Sudan

Sixteen journalists from across South Sudan received training at a workshop organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its local partner, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), in Juba, South Sudan, between 24 November and 3 December 2010. The ten day Inclusive Journalism training course was lead by Sorious Samura, acclaimed British-Sierra Leonean documentary film maker, and Albino Okeny Olak, an experienced South Sudanese editor and communications specialist for the World Bank.

The participants produced articles during the workshop telling the stories of the ordinary people of South Sudan; their struggles, needs and hopes and the impact or non-impact of government policies on their lives.

The training covered issues of ethics, impartiality, censorship, story gathering on sensitive topics, working with excluded groups, using visuals in stories,ss12 and safety and security in hostile environments among many other issues.

There was a special focus on covering the unheard voices in rural communities such as different ethnic groups, the poor, women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The stories produced which will be published in the first edition of a newspaper supplement, called ‘The People’s Voice’, that will appear in leading South Sudanese newspapers.

The supplement, which will appear monthly, is the main component of an 18 month project, which includes assisting UJOSS to build its capacity and holding roundtable debates that provide a space for dialogue between journalists and government officials. The project is funded by the EC Delegation in Khartoum.