S. Sudan’s street artists push message of peace

Sep 21, 2016, 6:40 AM EDT
South Sudan's civil war has displaced millions
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A group of some 20 young South Sudanese have launched a campaign, Ana Taban, meaning “I am tired,” to push their message of peace and to bring an end to the conflict that has ravaged the country politically and economically despite its rich natural resources. The campaign, which was launched in the capital Juba in early September, uses various art forms such as street theater, graffiti, sculpture and poetry to create a direct bond with the country’s leaders and people, urging them to shun violence and to change the status quo.

The campaign borrows its Arabic name “Ana Taban” from a five-minute music video, released by a group of well-known South Sudanese artists, writes Quartz. Abul Oyay, an artist and one of the founders of the Ana Taban campaign, said that the title resonates with the plight of all South Sudanese, who are tired of war and all the sufferings that come with it.

Co-founder Joyce Maker says the campaign is providing a platform to South Sudan’s youth to voice their opinion and make their contribution in changing the situation in the country, reports ENCA. The group plans to spread the campaign to other cities such as Wau, Yei, Aweil and Yambio with a series of public events, on streets, in hospitals, schools and even in prisons.