News / Africa

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.



You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid