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VOA Hosts Lively Town Hall in South Sudan

  • A member of the public asks a question during the Q&A session at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • A member of the public takes part in the Q&A session at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • The lively Q&A session at the Voice of America town hall in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • A man asks a question at the Voice of America town hall in Juba.
  • Members of the public at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on March 28, 2013, lean forward to look and listen as a question is asked of the panelists.
  • Jehan Deng, Minister of Health and the Environment for Jonglei state, speaks at the Voice of America town hall in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • Chuol Rambang, chair of South Sudan's Peace and Reconciliation Commission (l) and Jehan Deng, Minister of Health and Environment in Jonglei state, listen as fellow panelist at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba, Alfred Sebit Lokuji, speaks.
  • The chair of South Sudan's Peace and Reconciliation Commission Chuol Rambang at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • Dr. Alfred Lokuji, former dean at the University of Juba, speaks at the Voice of America town hall meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • The United Nations' Special Representative for the Republic of South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, speaks at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • A woman asks a question during the Q&A period at the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • South Sudan in Focus host and managing editor John Tanza hosts the Voice of America town hall meeting in Juba on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Click on the image to see a slideshow of the meeting.

More than 100 people attended a lively town hall meeting titled "Peace Building and Unity in South Sudan" that was hosted by Voice of America in Juba on Thursday.

The audience and panelists discussed subjects ranging from inter-communal relations, reconciliation efforts, the new constitution and how everyone can get involved in the review process; as well as governance and equity.

The debate was hosted by South Sudan in Focus host and editor John Tanza.

Four panelists --
Hilde Johnson, head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); Jehan Deng,  Minister of Health and Environment in Jonglei state; Alfred Sebit Lokuji, former dean of Juba University’s College of Community Studies and Rural Development; and Chuol Rambang Luoth, chair of South Sudan’s Peace and Reconciliation Commission -- gave opening remarks and responded to questions from audience members.



Participants agreed that South Sudanese need to identify as citizens of the new nation rather than members of specific tribes, if unity is to be achieved.

The audience also made clear that they feel the South Sudanese government isn’t doing enough to provide social services to the people.



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