Dressed in brightly coloured athletics outfits identifying their home areas, hundreds of young sportspeople paraded proudly around the field to the beat of a band as they came together as ambassadors for peace.
Wang Deng is proud of, and passionate about, his country.
In 2002, the former soldier in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army was injured during a fierce battle on the frontlines of the war for independence in the city of Malakal in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan.
Regular patrols by peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are helping restore calm to Tonj in the Warrap region which has suffered a recent spike in intercommunal violence related to cattle migration.
South Sudan’s President today announced the country will return to 10 states in a bid to end a tense-standoff with opposition parties just a week out from a deadline requiring the formation of a new transitional government.
Buay Mayuay was born in the town of Bentiu but was forced to seek sanctuary in a United Nations protection site when conflict erupted in South Sudan six years ago.
It’s not an easy life inside the camp. But he focuses on keeping himself fit physically and mentally by playing football.
More than 500 young people were enticed to leave their homes across South Sudan and converge on the capital Juba to use their creative skills to raise awareness about the need for lasting peace during a special event to promote national unity.