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South Sudan Refugees Stage Talent Show

South Sudanese refugees at the Bidibidi settlement in Uganda live a hard life, residing in tents and mud huts and surviving on international aid. But on Saturday, the refugees put aside their hardships and held a talent show, with songs and plays that touched on the war back home but that also expressed hope for peace.

Bidibidi is the world’s largest refugee settlement, according to the United Nations refugee agency. It houses more than 300,000 South Sudanese who fled their country’s civil war, now entering its fifth year.

On Saturday, memories of the war came flowing out, but this time, in acts presented at the talent show, ranging from dance, rap, music and drama acts.

Members of a drama act perform a play depicting domestic violence at the Bidibidi Got Talent show in Yumbe Uganda, Dec. 16, 2017. (H. Athumani/VOA)

Members of a drama act perform a play depicting domestic violence at the Bidibidi Got Talent show in Yumbe Uganda, Dec. 16, 2017. (H. Athumani/VOA)

The beats came hard and strong in the songs, instrumentals and dances performed on a makeshift stage that had no cover, exposing performers and the audience alike to the hot sun.

The Kejebere music and dance group won the show with a range of dances from Uganda and South Sudan.

Dancer of Kejebere South Sudan youth group participating in the Bidibidi got talent show in Yumbe Uganda, Dec. 16, 2017. (H. Athumani/VOA)

Dancer of Kejebere South Sudan youth group participating in the Bidibidi got talent show in Yumbe Uganda, Dec. 16, 2017. (H. Athumani/VOA)

Fifteen-year-old sisters Maneno Nunas and Vicky Nyoka, dancers in the group, were brought to the Bidibidi settlement from Yei by their stepmother, who built a small hut for them and left the girls to fend for themselves.

To survive, they sometimes sell food rations to buy other necessities. Maneno explained why they joined the talent show.

“The reason that, we should avoid thinking of those bad things. About our parents and the bad things that they [soldiers] were doing for us,” said Maneno. “We need to forget home problem, yeah, that makes us to join dancing.”

Yonna Tukundane, the public information associate for UNHCR Uganda, says the talent show will be a recurring activity.

“Our main objective is to create social cohesion between the different ethnic groups and the host community,” said Tukundane.

The winning team from the Bidibidi talent show will be mentored by local artists. Afrobeat musician Solomon Sentongo explains the reason he chose to work with refugee youth.

“These people are always feeling left alone. So, as an artist, actually young artist, I am here to give them hope, so they will not actually be despaired,” said Sentongo. “They will feel important; that’s why we are here.”

Reggae musician Inizu Ronald Peace had a strong message to the warring factions in South Sudan.

“Hey Mr. soldier man, what you fighting for? Hey, Mr. President, what have you done for my residents? Why this much greed? I see your eyes full of evil. Can’t you see, these guns are gonna kill us here today. Can’t you see, this love is gonna heal us. South Sudan. Cause we are one.”

Above all, the show demonstrated that Bidibidi’s got talent.

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1 comment

rezen Dec 19, 2017 at 5:20 am

Subject: “South Sudan Refugees Stage Talent Show”, By VOA, Dec 19, 2017

Commentary, 18 Dec 2017
In a camp which “houses more than 300,000 South Sudanese who fled their [LIBERATED] country’s civil war, now entering its fifth year” psychological brain washing is being applied in the form of dancing and singing to forget REALITY and espouse artificial happiness. It is a place for brain washing. It is not a place for “talent”, as they devilishly call it.

The International Organizations know it perfectly well but wouldn’t rock the boat of rich employment and free traveling around the Globe for hopeless Black Africans. The argument goes: if African Governments and People are ‘happy’ with the miserable situation in Africa who are they to contradict the desire of the Africans for themselves.

The argument, in fact, is supported by the fact that over thirty – thousand (30,000) African Intellectuals with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D), from Western Ivy League Universities, are simply NOT capable to come out with African solution for African problems. They simply, can’t!!! The reason? I dare not say it bluntly but it has to do with “education” — too shocking and long to narrate.

How about the African Dictators and their enablers? As the African saying (actually question) goes: “DON’T YOU HAVE A DEAD RELATIVE?” Perfect! It says it all.

And so Dear Africans will keep on dancing around and around, jumping up and down, swaying around and around until they become dumb and numb, in refugee camps called Africa, and pushed by the “civilized” European and Far Eastern Asians Explorers against the benefit of of the Black African Race. FULL STOP.

Africa is a play ground for all hungry predators until it is completely emaciated of its natural resources as well as the “Animal” kingdom therein. Amen and/or Inshalah . THE END

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