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Jeka Chol Leyam is a 25 years old male refugee from Maban (Yusuf Bantil Camp).
“I developed this condition when I was around 12 years old. It was painless. I visited many hospitals but was told that the condition was neither treatable nor manageable. I lived with it up now.”
His conditions did not limit him from socializing with a few friends. He got married in 2014. They do not have a child yet.
Jeka was excited when arrived on the Across compound following his operation.
“Oh, my God! I met many people in Ethiopia with a similar condition as mine. I used to know I am the only one with this condition in the world. I was treated very well during my journey and I thank Face Africa UNHCR and Across for all the support you gave me. I am requesting Across to send me home to meet my wife whom I have missed since for a long we have not been able communicate,” He added.
Across first heard about Jeka through email communication from face African and UNHCR. On 27th March, 2015 Across received Jeka from Juba international airport (JIA). He spent some days in JMSH before travelling to Ethiopia for his operation. Across facilitated his feeding and accommodation while in Juba including processing his travel documents and flagging him off from Juba to Ethiopia at JIA.
After his successful operation in Ethiopia he was again received by Across staff at JIA. Currently he is in JMSH awaiting his booking back to Maban hopefully early next week. His next review in Ethiopia will be in September, 2015.
Across congratulates UNHCR, Facing Africa and all field partners especially in Maban for their efforts for transforming and restoring hope in Jeka’s life and the entire refugee community in South Sudan.
On the 14th of August 2015, we conducted a workshop in Wun-Chuei cattle camp and the focus was on:Monitoring on the early distributed DAPs, Distribution of new DAPs,Impact stories and update of new chips.
Deng Nhial, a resident of Adol community, originally from Goi cattle camp, narrated the crises of Chieftaincy campaign which brought a very big division between the chief and community members of Adol. As a result many people moved to Mundari land with their cattle. The people of Mundari land had been transformed by the peace messages. But some of the new inhabitants to Tombek (Terekeka County) wanted to retaliate the death of one of their own. The news spread quickly.
"One cattle camp Chief of Mundari heard the News. One day he came with his youth to our cattle camp and called all the youth of our camp and asked, “Do you have a DAP in your cattle camp?” "Yes," some answered. He again asked, “And what lesson have you heard being spoken on it?” "Peaceful co-existence," they replied. The chief continued to say that having heard much on peace it was now time to implement what they learnt. They would not entertain fightings as this would inject wrong impact over his people. If the Dinka people wanted to fight they would have to move to their home across the Nile. But if they wanted to live in Mundari land they would have to stop fighting. Feeling ashamed the fighters resolved to live in peace."
In August 20-27 Radio visited various cattle camps in Terekeka, Central Equatoria. A number of success stories following impact of radio messages recorded in Digital Audio Players (DAP) were shared:
A. Peter Tongun Sub Chief of Joor Boma Lokweni cattle camp and area (centre) reports what he and his camp learnt:
Value life (Don't kill)
Hard work to avoid raiding
Live peacefully with people (use good words and good approaches)
Beneficiaries: 20 youth, 10 women, 70 children
Peter believes that youth will be transformed as they keep listening to radio messages. Across should keep coming and monitoring the messages and adding more messages.
B. Although he did not receive a DAP in the year Chief Magbang of Joor Boma Terekeka County listened to the messages from those who had. He said, "I have told those who are holding on to the DAPs to go to the churches and share the messages with those who have not had access to them. The messages remind me of a good leader."
C. In Ngamangu cattle camp Garbina and Lakenyi, the camp chief,
reported that the messages are good news to help people come out of the box of ignorance to the box of enlightenment. "We are now living as brothers and sisters. We want to share the same with others. Ours is like a school of peace building." Through the message on peace Lukenyi helped solve the fights in the cattle camp.
There are girls in Ngamangu camp some of whom would engage in sexual acts in the bush and would deceive their parents. They listened to the messages on HIV/AIDS, and on consequences of conflict arising when involvement in unofficial sex is discovered. They now want to involve their parents by introducing their suitors to them.
D. Ujungani Cattle Camp
Rt Camp Leader. There is a lot of improvement in the cattle camps as youth have listened to the radio messages. Many are turning away from raids and conflicts to handling matters peaceably.
Goal: Supply literature for the churches' mission, while building their capacity to produce literature. Increase literacy, especially in South Sudanese languages. Increase published literature about South Sudan Sudan Literature Center (SLC)
Locations: Yei (with sales outlets in Juba, currently, and other Across locations in future) Foci: Hymn books & prayer books, Children's books, Academic/educational books focussed on South Sudan.
Beneficiaries valuing literature and willing to pay for it. Known income from paying customers (August) US$2,500 and SSP 15,000
10,280 pieces of literature printed
Jonglei folk story book 1 printed- the stories are collected from 5 cattle keeping tribes in Jonglei with the aim of promoting peace as well as education
The only full-time staff is overloaded doing administration, editorial, typesetting & production oversight.
Remoteness from technical support for printing machines
Insecurity made transport of books difficult
1. Children's literacy in mother tongue taught in remote areas by use of Digital Audio Players to train literate but untrained volunteers in how to use printed charts and primers developed by SIL South Sudan and supplemented by alphabet songs, games, and instructions of use of alphabet flashcards - contained on the DAPs.
(a) in a Bari language in a church near Yei - which later developed into a primary school (Project funded by USAID/World Vision and video taken by Across staff member Walter Duku)
(b) in Dinka language in nomadic cattle camps in Tonj East, former Warrap State - showing the benefits of an Across project funded by UNICEF (videos taken by UNICEF journalist team)
The Power of One: a cattle camp school
2. Peace building in cattle camps using messages on DAPs in a project funded by Dan Church Aid (video taken by DCA journalist)
3. Training in Ox-plough use in Tonj East - supplemented by seed supply and Agriculture and peace training in Dinka language on DAPs in a project funded by UNICEF (video clip taken by UNICEF journalist team)