Poems for peace

Ten young South Sudanese are sharing their thoughts on peace through poems

Maria de la Guardia
A girl reciting a poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
12 March 2020

What does peace mean for a child who has grown up experiencing little, if any? What does a better future look like to a young person who has lived every day amidst violence, uncertainty and displacement? With its Poems for Peace project, UNICEF gives children in South Sudan a chance to explain in their own words.

By amplifying the voices of children living in conflict in almost a dozen countries, UNICEF is highlighting the extraordinary strength and courage of some of the tens of millions of young people longing for a more stable future.

These youth and children are sending a resounding message – that they’ve had enough of living through the horrors of war and violence and welcome peace, especially since the signing of the peace agreement in 2018.

Peace cannot wait. 

A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Anek's poem on peace
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Anek Majak Amuom
A young man looking into the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Alou Yom Dut
A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Alou's poem on peace
A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Nyalun's poem on peace
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Nyalun Mai Gatwech
A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Karine's poem on peace
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Karine Ropie Joseph
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Esther Ayak John
handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Ester's poem on peace
handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Daniel's handwritten poem
A young man looking into the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Daniel Akuei Garang
A young man looking into the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Emmanuel Paul
A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Emmanuel's poem on peace
handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Nyajima's poem on peace
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Nyajima Mut
A young woman is looking at the camera
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Sandra Nybol
A handwritten poem
UNICEF South Sudan/de la Guardia
Sandra's poem on peace
A young man looking into the camera
A handwritten poem
handwritten poem