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Sout al Salaam awards will promote peace, says Rambang

By: Bullen Bala Alexander

The Chairperson of South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission Chuol Rambang hailed the recent Sout al Salaam artists awards.

He said the award would promote peace among the youth, adding that it was one of the ways forward to realize peace in the country.

“I appreciated Anataban for the tireless effort and their campaign for peace in the country through such activities like Sout al Salaam awards. These awards will surely promote peace among the youth,” Chuol said.

He said if such activities were taken seriously by the youth across the country it would be easy to achieve permanent peace in the country.

The Chairperson encouraged the youths to be peace makers among communities, describing youths as the effective tool for change in any situation.

Manaseh Mathiang, the Coordinator for Anataban Arts Initiative said Sout al Salaam awards recognizes artists who had played positive influence from all categories.

“These artists developed art pieces and programmes that have changed narratives, averted conflict and healed souls,” Mathiang said.

The campaign received more than 30 entries across fourteen categories after a rigorous process of shortlisting, entries were put to polls online.

Bullen Chol, the winner of People’s Choice Award and best Peace Photography said he uses photography to present the voice of the voiceless.

 “I take myself as the voice of voiceless because photography is a tool that is used to tell stories and is the one step I took up to tell what is happening in the country,” Chol said.

“When you see a photograph on the slide, do not take it as simple as spy or sometimes see us as spy no, we are not spies, we are the voices that tell out stories,” he added.

He said photography use to preserve and that cultures keep the faith we need to use it in order to remind our grandchildren in what is happening now.

Gabriel Shadra, a poet and journalist working with Miraya FM who also represented the judges at the process, said the winners were declared based on the combined score of the jury and the online polls.

The best poem went to Flaura, Best Fashion Project won by Black and Gold Fashion, Best Film won by Charles Lomodong, and Best Peace Cartoon/Painting by went to James Aguer, Best Dance Group won by Future Dancers, Best Peace Photography, Best Comedy won by Wokil Mokuei Ziko, Best Overall Male Artist won by Suleiman Morgan, Best Overall Female Artist goes to Beaty Toni, People’s Choice Award goes to Bullen Chol, and Peace Warriors Award won by Emmanuel Kembe Bio and Best Youth Initiative goes to Salaam Junub Initiative.

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