20 June 2024

Leaving home to a life on the edge

Nyang Akok was only 15 years old when he left his family in Aweil North and found himself entangled in the web of gang life in Juba. Under the influence of other boys, he first went to Aweil Town and lived with other boys where they were involved in gang activities. After a period in Aweil Town, he traveled to Juba, the melting pot of South Sudan…, The Turning Point,   The National South Sudan Police Service began cracking down on gang activity and youth groups believed to be behind violent crimes and in late 2023 conducted a series of raids and arrested over 300 children and youth.  Nyang was among those detained and sent to a makeshift detention center, where he spent six months in deprived conditions. For…, A New Hope,   As the detained youth were counseled, the police began to approve some of their releases. But many still were not able to contact their families or have anywhere to go. TOCH, leveraging its presence in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and networks and resources, began the meticulous process of tracing Nyang's family. Through persistent effort and…, Homecoming, The day Nyang was reunited with his family was filled with mixed emotions. Tears flowed freely, mingling with laughter and embraces. Nyang's mother, who had feared the worst, couldn't believe her eyes. His siblings welcomed him back with open arms, and for the first time in the years, Nyang felt a profound sense of peace and belonging.  , A Brighter Future, Reunification was just the first step. TOCH, continued to support Nyang, ensuring he had access to education. Nyang has enrolled in Primary School and eagerly picked up his studies. His natural curiosity and quick wit, once used for survival on the streets, have now found expression in his academic pursuits. Nyang also became a beacon of hope for…
13 June 2024

Let’s change the picture!

Child marriage: a threat to the lives and future of girls in South Sudan., Child marriage is a tragic reality for both girls and boys, but it disproportionately affects girls, depriving them of their basic rights and, for some, even their lives. South Sudan has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with over half of girls married before 18 years old. This is due to discriminatory social norms, cultural…, Health implications,   Child marriage has a profound impact on the health of young girls, often leading to devastating consequences that can last a lifetime. The physical, emotional, and mental toll of being forced into marriage at a young age and early motherhood is immense and cannot be understated. Moreover, child marriage often leads to limited access to education…, What will it take to end child marriage in South Sudan?, Rita is photographed in school in Juba, South Sudan UNICEF South Sudan/Rooftop Productions A young girl is photographed in a classroom in Juba, South Sudan UNICEF South Sudan/Rooftop Productions Display caption Show Original Caption Display caption Show Original Caption When I was younger, things were different. I would sit right there and…, Saving the dreams,   Education plays a crucial role in equipping girls with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their dreams, gain economic independence. Education contributes to lowering child marriage. The more time a girl spends in the classroom, the greater the reduction in risk of child marriage. Providing quality education for one girl not only delays…, Together we can #EndChildMarriage,   In a powerful display of unity and advocacy, different influential voices from various backgrounds are coming together to call for an end to child marriage in South Sudan. This collaborative effort aims to raise awareness, spark conversations, and drive meaningful action towards policy change that will eradicate this harmful practice.   UNICEF…