Southern Sudan has suffered from decades of conflict, including the brutal civil war between North and South and clashes between Southern tribes. Since the 1990s Sudan has experienced the presence of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which has led to years of violence and abductions of Southern Sudanese children. Jim Long John works with the Totto Chan Centre for Child Trauma, in Juba, rehabilitating abductees of the LRA and child soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
In August 2008, after years of missed opportunities to secure a lasting peace, Georgian-South Ossetian tensions erupted into all-out war. The war lasted a matter of days, but people like Tamar – director of the Akhalgori Youth School – will be picking up the pieces for decades.
Pawan Bali is a journalist working in Delhi, India. Here she gives the inside story about her collaboration with Mohammad Arif Urfi on their documentary film A Journey Through River Vitasta. Describing the communication and travel barriers they had to overcome to produce the first ever joint film on Kashmir, she highlights the lessons they've taken from working together across the Line of Control.
Lali grew up in Abkhazia's Gali region. She lost her home during the 1992-93 war and now lives as an IDP in western Georgia. Find out about how Lali's campaigning for the rights of fellow displaced people.
Esma who is Georgian and Anzhela from Abkhazia, travelled to London to take part in internships with Conciliation Resources and share their experiences as participants on the Young Dialogue project.