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May 1, 2014 (JUBA) - A peace-building radio drama series, focusing on youth in South Sudan, launches countrywide next week.

Sawa Shabab, a program locally Free Voice South Sudan in collaboration with the U.S. Institute of Peace, will air on Radio Miraya, Catholic Radio Network and other local stations across the country.

Sawa Shabab consists of 20 episodes in English and Arabic along with five episodes in Nuer and Dinka languages,” said a statement Sudan Tribune obtained.

The series reportedly follows daily lives of different South Sudanese as they face unique challenges while learning how to become peace builders in their communities.

It is based on a peace-building curriculum, which provides the educational foundation for the program, and seeks to promote nation-building by empowering the country’s youth to be confident, open-minded and participatory citizens in a diverse society.

“The program includes opportunities for young listeners to interact with the drama through SMS while listeners will be invited to respond to questions raised within the episode and send thoughts and feedback on characters and story lines,” it noted.

The launch of the event is, meanwhile, set for 9 May at Juba University stage.

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