I still have hope despite living at PoC-Santino

By Mandela Nelson Denis

A  young South Sudanese Internnaly Dispalced boy who only identified himself  as Santino has said despite living at the Protection of Civilians Site (PoC),  he will never lose hope in life.

Inspired by several activities at the PoC in Juba, Santino, who is almost 17-years old, told Juba Monitor that one day he sat down and developed the skills to make a local video camera.

The camera is made out of old iron sheets and uses bamboo poles as its tripod. Santino said it took him one day to make the camera. “I use the camera whenever there is any activity at the camp such as sports, music and cultural dances including any other Non-Governmental or Governmental Organisations’ event. I use it for fan and to console myself,” Santino said.

Santino said his dream was to become an expert in the television industry as video Shooter or a Cameraman. He also aspires to have skills in video editing, directing and TV programming.

When asked why each time he carries his locally made video camera whenever there  was  events, Santino replied that he wanted his dream to remain alive until the day he will own a real video camera. He looked forward to any well-wisher to donate to him a video camera so that he could start real practice.

“Many people wonder why I lways bring along with me, my local (toy) video camera to any event at the PoC,” he said.

“I don’t want my dream to die, each time I hold the camera, I feel I am holding the real camera,” Santino narrated.

He stressed that this motivated him a lot and that one day, he will have his own stories to tell through the video.

Santino who is a student within the PoCs, said he wantsed to study to become a journalist, but specifically a video specialist. Santino is just amongst the many children  living inside the PoCs in Juba.

The majority of them are engaged in life changing activities such as running small kiosks (shops), saloons or barber shops, video halls,  tyre shoe making, metal bed making, bed sheets making, selling of charcoals amongst other activities.

Upon arriving at the POC or camp, which is taken care of by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS), loud music booms and everyone looks busy, doing something at least. No youth was spotted drinking tea, unlike on the streets of Juba.

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