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#defyhatenow social media #peacejam

r0g_agency are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016

Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi & Kibera (Kenya); Rhino Camp in Uganda, Edmonton Canada; and whever you are online.

Please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan & #PeaceDay on your social media posts & tweets. Using #peacejam #defyhatenow hashtags will help track the broader  South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape of South Sudan.

Photo: Hakim George

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilso

Selected events include traditional youth dance, street theatre and workshop in Juba;  The Rhino Camp #PeaceJam (Arua, Northern Region, Uganda) which aims to reconnect south Sudanese Refugees in Uganda through an open interaction and workshop based event. Following the recent escalation of violence in south sudan majoring in towns like Yei, Wau and Yambio of the former western Equatoria state there has been an increasing rate of refugee influx to Uganda, South Sudan’s neighboring country; Diaspora meeting to #peacejam in Edmonton, Canada; Social media awareness and peace message workshop at The Hub, East Africa in Nairobi.

Photo: Hakim George
Photo: Hakim George

Traditional dancers & youth group, street theatre in Juba Sept 21st.

#PeaceVillage #PeaceJam, Uganda
The #Defyhatenow initiative brings together South Sudanese youth, elders and women from four refugee cluster settlements of Ariaze A & B, Ariwa, Simbili and Eden of the Rhino Camp to a peace building event. Aimed at networking, reconciliation and connecting South Sudanese socially through open interaction, peace messaging, drama, traditional dances and music. A brief presentation on dangerous speech will raise awareness of online hate rhetoric as one of the key contributing factors to the current South Sudan crisis. The conflict has maintained a steady escalation after July 7th 2016, forcing a large number of South Sudanese to move to Uganda, now the top country hosting asylum seekers from South Sudan.

#SautiKubwa #Peacejam, Kibera Nairobi
Swahili word, translating to “the big voice,” organises fun events to bring together different communities living in Kibera slums. Collaborating with brothers and sisters from neighbouring countries to inspire people working together for peace, health & education. #SautiKubwa is a variation on the #peacejam in the form of funny short competitions including, laughing, eating and face-making (gurning). Ending with a hug, and posing for photos with the sign of peace, all are winners, Young footballers – an important part of our community for peacebuilding, will have a juggling competition &  final #peacejam photo message.

Wikipedia Peace Agents #Peacejam
A first step in the wikipedia peace agents, where wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used etc … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.

Photo: Hakim George
Photo: Hakim George

While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related  peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.

For example, this fantastic work by #AnaTaban initiative & community of artists and activists working for peace in South Sudan.

Photo: Charles Lomodong #AnaTaban, The Guardian
Photo: Charles Lomodong
#AnaTaban, The Guardian

#peacejamming now! #southsudan world #peaceday social media #peacejam#defyhatenow Share your peace messages on social media – please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan in your postings & tweets; repostings & retweets. Participate online by sharing your peace messages on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc).

#peacejam toolkit
#peacejam toolkit

Step-Up Juba Media Lab

r0g_agency and icebauhaus support the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan in a common project since August of 2015. The initiative to create a media lab or hub stems from the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who have come together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges arising from 21 years of fought civil war.


Already constituted as the ad-hoc ‘Kapital Virtual Academy’ which focuses on self-directed training in film and video production, use of software and related technical systems and methodologies, the initial focus is now on knowledge development through the creation of professional capacity building workshops and hands-on production. Addressing themes that define specific challenges, such as post-conflict national transformation and the building of an open, democratic, and socially just South Sudan, J-HUB’s mission will also be, through seminar and debates, to provide an open forum to discuss, identify and develop solutions to these challenges.


One result of the initiative is the Juba_Open Learning Guide:




Juba_Open Learning Guide


this project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.







5.workshop_ Juba December 2015

Youth Outreach Challenge
December 19, 2015


Venues Nile Beach Hotel

Youths are ambassadors of peace, Youth Empowerment Scheme is conducting one day workshop on December 19, 2015, the theme: #Defyhatenow Youth Outreach Challenge with the focus on the perception and awareness of online hate speech. Online hate speeches had negatively and indirectly fueled the escalation of December 15, 2013 crisis, thousands of photos, images, and distorted messages were circulating in every corner of the social media, particularly “Facebook”. The December 15, 2013 crisis with it elements including social media had sharply divided communities along ethnic line.

As the country is recuperating toward peace, healing and reconciliation #Defyhatenow in collaboration with Ebony Center for strategic Studies is launching an online hate speeches awareness and challenge youth to counteract online hate speech with online peace building campaign messages and photos.

youth Empowerment scheme under the umbrella of Ebony Center for Strategic Studies had done many peace building mobilization campaigns, youth skill acquisitions and entrepreneurship workshops with the overall objectives of rebuilding fragmented social fabric in South Sudan. Youth at the Youth Empowerment Scheme Resource Center work collaborative as brothers/sisters, unity within diversity is paramount.


Hon. Malual giving his presentation

Defyhatenow Youth Outreach Challenge

1 Opening Remarks and tea break
2 Presentation online hate speech Hon. Malual Tap
3 Questions, comment and reflection online social media hate speech
4 Group will be divided into five groups to identify, define and develop amicable solution proposals.
5 Lunch break
6 Presentations, each group will be given 10 minutes presentation
7 Consensus building solution
8 Two minutes each group giving statement on documentary video
9 Closing Remarks

3. workshop_ Juba september 2015


Peace starts within me

Celebrating UN International Day of Peace with a live social media PeaceJam in Juba #JubaPeaceJam Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba & online worldwide! #defyhatenow #PeaceDay

UN International Day of Peace Monday 21st September 2015

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed to strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s aim is to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace, promote positive interaction between people online, and connect to those with no access or limited access to the internet or social media.

On UN International Day of Peace, the #defyhatenow initiative, through app developer and social media activist Eng-Lual Michael Mayen in collaboration with r0g_agency, brought together community groups, activists and peacebuilders at the Intra-Africa hotel in Juba to hold a social media “peacejam”.


#jubapeacejam is an invitation to actively make South Sudan’s voice heard above the rhetoric of hate, violence and intolerance. Celebrating unity and independence, together we can take a stand against the forces ripping communities, friends, families and cultures apart.

Working by the Nile in the peaceful garden of the Intra-Africa Hotel, participants from local youth organisations, journalists, students and visitors designed their own ‘peace slogans’ and imagined ways to create lasting peace in South Sudan, and indeed around the world.

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Where social media has increasingly been a place used to stoke the flames of conflict, setting neighbours against one another, #jubapeacejam brings the builders of peace, dialogue and South Sudan’s unique, rich cultural diversity together.


The #jubapeacejam was organised by Eng-Lual Michael Mayen, a young South Sudanese innovator and app designer. Lual created the Salaam Game, an Android app aimed specifically at conflict and hate speech mitigation amongst youth, and was introduced for the first time to the public at the #jubapeacejam.

The app is being developed in collaboration with the ‘peace mobilizers’ programme of the South Sudanese Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR), and is being supported by r0g_agency as part of the #defyhatenow initiative against social media hate speech and directed online incitement to violence.

Some thirty activists gathered for this first ever ‘social media peace jam’, including participants from peacebuilding organisations and projects such as Sawa Shabab, FreeVoice, Vistas / USAID, CNHPR, Internews, as well as IDP children from the Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) programme.


Salaam Peace Game was developed by Lual Michael Mayen, a 22 year old software engineering student, and founder of the Computer Bridge for Innovation and Technology, South Sudan.

Lual Michael MayenEng-Lual Michael Mayen

Salaam is an Arabic word that means “peace.” The game provides participants the opportunity to play the role of parties in the conflict situations, and to play the role of a mediator who helps the parties reach agreement. You play the game by tapping the screen, and wait for your heart of peace to grow. When it is big enough, pop it to destroy the war symbols that drop from the sky, and the hate that comes from the side. When it pops, the heart releases a shock wave with the word “peace” in the middle and destroys the war and hate symbols. Salaam Game has good music in the background. The song is called “One people one nation,” and entertains the players when playing the game.


There are so many ways of preaching peace, and Salaam Mobile game is one of them.

Coming soon! What you are saying about Salaam Mobile game:

‘‘Peace is not created with a one-time act: the cease-fire, accord, or reconciliation is just a public point on a timeline between war and durable peace. True peace is built over time, with many different processes and approaches that move conflict into lasting, peaceful relationships. It requires action at many different levels, by different people, in different ways, and at different points in a conflict.’’

Salaam game can be a portal to effective peacebuilding.


Celebrating and amplifying cultural diversity, the #jubapeacejam facilitates open dialogue among cultures, artists and musicians – using the power of social media to #defyhatenow

#jubapeacejam works across as many channels and platforms as possible to bring online groups together, create slogans, exchange information, ideas and create new communities.


#defyhatenow is an online platform for peace and solidarity through positive messaging

International #peacehackcamp barcamp / innovation lab takes place Nov 30 – Dec 02, 2015

jubapeacejam_stephenkovatsStephen Kovats, r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation

#defyhatenow is an initiative in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies and CEPO – Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation.

the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office


German Federal Foreign Office


2. workshop_ Juba may 2015

Workshop II by the Ebony Center in conjunction with 


9th -10th MAY 2015 JUBA GRAND HOTEL


report extracts

Topics of the day 2: Leadership and combating tribalism

Edmund Yakani (Executive Director-CEPO)
Dr.Michael Roberto Kenyi (Ebony Centre)
Cosmas Khamis(CEPO)
Dr.Lual Deng (Ebony Centre- Moderator)

Presentation I
by Edmund Yakani
(Executive Director-CEPO Community Empowerment for Progress Organization)

Nationalism can be built through exposing citizens to the various cultures in South Sudan and people should move away from the tendency to identify each other based on negative stereotype. Mr. Yakani pointed out that leadership requires vision and as a former University of Juba student he noted that there were tendencies for student elections to go along tribal lines. He formed an organization and they called themselves ‘Reformists’ and their achievements were as follows:

  • They were the first group to elect a woman as the president of their group
  • First group to have a multi-tribal composition where membership was based along 
ideology and not tribal identity
  • They targeted new students in order to encourage them to have a different mindset 
from the more established discriminatory environment in existence

Youth should realize that they have allowed people to influence them to their own detriment rather than use their power as 75% of the population to influence important agenda. Leadership should be an act of governing and a lack of leadership is what makes a lot of people marginalized. There are three areas of leadership

  • Influence of others refers to people in higher levels of leadership influence the lower levels (governors dictating to county commissioners).
  • Interests of dominant groups (cliques with the same interest dominate the system in order to continue benefitting).
  • Public Interest (leadership is for the good of the people). Questions and Comments
  • South Sudanese youth do not have positive role models in government to look up to.
    Generational gaps are a challenge to the learning of history and important leadership 
  • There should be issue based platforms and forums for the youth to address specific 
 Peoples support for leadership should be based on ideology and not tribal or regional identity.
  • Democratic systems that support empowerment and delegation of duties to the youth will give the youth the power to do something.
  • Youth should demand for answers on their issues and can mobilize each other at the county or payam level in order build their power to effect change.
  • Leadership should be about serving the masses
  • There should be a program for university students to be mobilized during holidays to 
offer support to secondary schools around the country.
  • Presentation 3 by Khamis Cosmas (CEPO) Topic: Countering Hate Speech on social media
  • CEPO conducts surveys and tries to mitigate violence in social media by joining groups on social media platforms such as Facebook and countering postings of hate speech in the comments sections. CEPO also conducts research and surveys on local websites such as Gurtong, Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia to monitor patterns of hate speech.
  • Hate speech is a major obstacle to peace and stability in communities. Social media is one of the features of contemporary media. It presents opportunities for spreading of information beyond traditional media target audiences and on the other hand presents a formidable challenge to online governance when there is misuse or distortion of content to manipulate attitudes and incite violence.

Gatwech Koang (Ebony Centre)
Topic: Tribalism

  • Leadership should be about bringing change. Tribal identities are not conducive to freedom of speech and physical safety of all citizens of a country. In the South Sudanese diaspora national associations are declining while tribal associations are rising. National Identities are not prioritized and more emphasis is given to regional or tribal affiliations.
  • 75%-85% take their tribal identity as national identity
  • 10%-20% take their regional identity as their national identity
  • 5%-10% take South Sudanese as their national identity

If there is no unity and people continue to believe in stereotypes about other groups then everyone becomes dehumanized in the others’ perspective.


Mr.Edmund Yakani (CEPO)
We are responsible for our globally and regionally. Since the December 2013 conflict South Sudanese have been labeled as savage arm bearers who are always ready to kill each other along tribal lines. In a recent Intercommunity dialogue (Bari and Mundari) held in Nyakuron Centre in Juba that Mr. Yakani moderating he noticed that people tend to react to words and not issues and thus these processes are very sensitive to use of language.



the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office




Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (EBSS)


Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO)


#PeaceHackCamp 2015


Juba, South Sudan … November 30 to December 2, 2015

Bringing together peacebuilders, tech innovators and open culture advocates from across South Sudan and beyond to hack, code, make and collaborate for peace! Visitors are invited to participate and collaborate during the event, in workshops taking place in the format of a “barcamp”.

We invite kids, teachers, trainees, youths of all ages, and all people, with all skill levels from anywhere in South Sudan and beyond to join us for the #PeaceHackCamp”, says director Lagu Stephen.

This is a unique opportunity for people in South Sudan to network with peer innovation communities from other African innovation labs, experience hands-on knowledge sharing and have the chance to exchange good practices from local peacebuilding initiatives.

#PeaceHackCamp takes place in Juba, Monday November 30 to Wednesday Dec 02, 2015. Free and open to the public.

#PeaceHackCamp is a project by Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC), Juba, South Sudan, a community interest based, non-profit organisation. It was formed in 2011 as a network of visionary youths committed to empowering the communities they live, work and study in through the power of media, ICT and open expression. The organisation is concerned with conflict mitigation, media literacy, and the development of peaceful methods of association to help cement the process of nation building, and community development.

KMIC is proud to present the #PeaceHackCamp in collaboration with the Central Equatoria Women’s Union (CEWU) and the Aggrey Jaden Cultural Center. Both organisations are the key venue partners of #PeaceHackCamp as well as curatorial and content partners.

For the preliminary program and to register for workshops go to https://peacehackcamp2015.wordpress.com

tweet #PeaceHackCamp with your Open Culture, Innovation, Open Knowledge, Media and Peacebuilding ideas @KapitalMovie!!

“As hacking means finding new and innovative solutions; in hacking peace, where peace is elusive, we want to help re-open the window of opportunity in the world’s newest country for a peaceful, just and prosperous future!” #PeaceHackCamp director Lagu Stephen Samuel.

#peacehackcamp logo pack_NEW-01

The South Sudan #PeaceHackCamp is an inter-communal peace-building project aimed at media literacy training and networking with people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, literacy levels, including those with informal education, self-taught skills and people displaced by conflict. Initiated by a group of dedicated South Sudanese students, IT and media professionals, #PeaceHackCamp will address how to make and share media, not just consume it, while introducing and creating public awareness on the benefits Open ICTs, Innovation and Open Educational Resources (OERs) as vehicles for peacebuilding, development and national reconciliation.

The #PeaceHackCamp and its training workshops in media and ICT activism have been made possible with the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Internews South Sudan USAID / iStream small grants programme for South Sudanese media organisations (April 2015 – March 2016)

The #PeaceHackCamp barcamp on ‘Innovation Hubs and Youth Empowerment’ forms part of the KMIC Step-Up Juba Media Lab project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.

#PeaceHackCamp programmes on mitigating social media hate speech and online incitement to violence form part of the #defyhatenow initiative by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO).



the #defyhatenow initiative is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office




1. workshop_ JUBA april 2015

“Identifying, Mapping and Developing Mitigation Strategies against Social Media Hate Speech and Directed Online Incitement to Violence”

Saturday April 25, 2015
10.00 – 18.00  in Juba

Thank you to all the participants and programme supporters for making the first #DefyHateNow workshop in Juba a success! The workshop was marked by inspiring and thought provoking discussions enabling us to better understand the mechanisms and many facets of media induced hate and how these can lead to further violence exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict. Local South Sudanese civil society and international media development organizations, including Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, CEPO, Search for Common Ground, E.R.A.D.A., Freevoice, Internews, the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, UNESCO and the Council for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation joined local media representatives and civil society advocates in exploring how to raise awareness around the effects that online incitement and social media hate speech can have on communities who themselves are not necessarily participants on social media platforms. We now look forward to strengthening cooperation to develop activities, enhance media literacy and awareness of the online mechanisms of dangerous speech, in a concerted effort to #DefyHateNow and support the peace-building process in South Sudan.

image credit: Hakim George Hakim … #DefyHateNow workshop group photo on the banks of the Nile River, Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba, South Sudan, April 25th 2015.

Some pictures of the workshop


the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office




Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (EBSS)


Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO)