Three unique reports from the inlands of Africa’s newest country: South Sudan, which last July became independent of the North after years of civil war. Three portraits of South Sudanese, by Henk Weltevreden:
Monday 10 October:
The paper archive of South Sudan capital of Juba is chaos. Archeologist Youssef Fulgensio Onyalla (48) is slowly creating some structure. He talks about the consequences of the still uncommitted disputable border line between the North and the South.
This Monday it is also World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness for the importance of mental health care, especially in low income countries. HealthNet TPO’s general director Willem van de Put will explain why mental health needs to be addressed and how (around 22.30h).
Tuesday 11 October:
Many former child soldiers fled and still flee into alcohol and drugs and are often violent. But former child soldier James Umuor (30), tries to make something of his life. He now works for HealthNet TPO diligently as a community worker and supervisor of medical projects. Often basic facilities that are very necessary.
Wednesday 12 October:
Rose Eio Modi is training midwives for HealthNet TPO in a very remote area. She talks about how she incorporates traditional elements in a modern practice. She also explains that there is no, unlike in the North, rivalry between the Muslims and Christians, and Muslims participate in the Ramadan without any problems.
Later in the evening, Henk Weltevreden will be interviewed about his travel experience.
The reports are broadcasted on Radio 5 NTR in “Dichtbij Nederland” (http://dichtbijnederland.nps.nl/) around 21.30h and the interviews around 22.30h. After broadcasting, the reports can be found on our website.
The South Sudan archive with Youssef Fulgensio Onyalla
Community field worker James Umuor
Midwife trainer Rose Eio Modi (in the middle)