South Sudan: Rebuilding Hope

Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, Southern Sudanese "Lost Boys" in the U.S., were forced to flee Sudan as children when their villages were attacked in 1987, finding safety for a time in a refugee camp in Ethiopia until needing to flee once more, this time to Kakuma camp in Kenya. Since leaving Sudan, they have scarcely been able to obtain news about their villages or families.

In May 2007, accompanied by filmmaker Jen Marlowe and journalist David Morse, Gabriel, Koor and Garang will return to Sudan to discover the fate of their homes and families. Gabriel will take the first steps toward starting a school in his village, and Koor will bring medical supplies to and volunteer at a clinic in his. They will also return to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Along the way, David and Jen will invite the thoughts and analyses of the people of South Sudan, two and a half years after the signing of the fragile Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Their reporting explores the connections between the conflict in South Sudan and in other parts of Sudan, including Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity. Through video and written pieces, they will attempt to gauge the current state of South Sudan — taking a pulse on the Southern Sudanese people's hopes and fears for the future.

Women’s issues in South Sudan

Women in South Sudan have faced double oppression—as Southerners, they have faced violence from the North, and they are struggling for equality within their own community as Southerners.

The Connection Between Darfur and South Sudan

The deeper I became engaged in issues related to Darfur, the more I realized that there is no way to understand the crisis in Darfur without understanding its historical, political and geographic contexts.

In South Sudan, Schools Still Function Under Trees

Jen Marlowe, for the Pulitzer Center

Jen is currently documenting and writing about education, infrastructure and health care, which remain among the most vital needs in rebuilding South Sudan.

The following is an excerpt from a piece that appeared on World Focus on January 25, 2010.

Tension was under the surface as we negotiated with the contractor, trying to chip away another $10,000 from his bid. The price to build a school in South Sudan, I have learned, is exorbitantly high.

Rebuilding Hope Screens at Rwanda Film Festival

Jen Marlowe and David Morse's documentary Rebuilding Hope screened at the sixth annual Rwanda Film Festival (also known as Hillywood), which shows films both in Kigali and the countryside. The festival took place July 11-28, 2010.

Peace X Peace features Rebuilding Hope

Peace X Peace, a global network of women with women-focused e-media, fresh analysis, and from-the-frontlines perspectives that tries to amplify women's voices as the most direct and powerful ways to create cultures of peace around the world, has featured Jen Marlowe and her documentary Rebuilding Hope in an article on their website.

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