For the young women of Rumbek, education is a lifeline.
High-pitched ululations, music, dancing and inspiring statements about the power, abilities and rights of women were all parts of an emotional UNMISS essay writing competition award ceremony at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School in Juba.
Machar Mathiang, 30, sits under a massive mango tree, head slightly tilted with his right hand resting on his temple. He listens attentively to tales about the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands innocent civilians were killed because of their ethnicity.
As she was receiving her award as the winner of the UNMISS essay writing competition in Lakes region, 16-year-old Khana Kockedhie Magel said that women can bring lasting peace in South Sudan - if they are given the chance to do so.