Now in its second season, Sawa Shabab (Together Youth) is a dramatic peacebuilding radio series aired by nearly 30 local stations across all states of South Sudan. The radio drama follows the daily lives of young South Sudanese as they face unique challenges while learning how to become peacebuilders in their communities. 

Produced locally by Free Voice South Sudan in collaboration with PeaceTech Lab and the United States Institute of Peace, the series promotes peace and stability by empowering youth to be confident, open-minded and participatory citizens in a diverse society.

The first season of the radio drama series consisted of twenty episodes in English and Arabic, which aired in 2014 on Radio Miraya, the Catholic Radio Network and many other stations in South Sudan. In response to the on-going violence, which erupted in December 2013, Sawa Shabab was also produced in Dinka and Nuer languages and broadcast within IDP camps and in conflict-affected areas.

Read a press release on the highly anticipated second season to learn more.

Interact with Sawa Shabab

The radio series also includes opportunities for young listeners in South Sudan to interact with the drama through text messages and phone call-ins. Listeners are invited to share their thoughts and feedback as they follow the main characters and also respond to scripted questions at the end of each episode.


Call in or Text Message in Either English or Arabic:

Season 2 - Vivacell: ++211955266666 Zain: +211915266666 or MTN:

Season 1 (in Nuer/Dinka) - Vivacell: +211955552908


Sawa Shabab Peacebuilding Curriculum

The dramatic series is based on an educational, peacebuilding curriculum designed with local partners. The curriculum seeks to increase knowledge and change the attitudes and behaviors of youth listeners regarding their roles in building peace in South Sudan. The series' curriculum focuses on three main goals, identified by local experts as critical to building peace in South Sudan.

The series’ curriculum focuses on three main areas, identified by local experts as critical to building peace in South Sudan.

  • Co-Existence and National Identity: To promote peaceful co-existence and mutual respect among South Sudanese youth from different cultural and tribal orientations.
  • Youth Empowerment and Personal Responsibility: To create the foundations of peacebuilding by empowering South Sudanese youth to be accountable, independent and participatory citizens of society.
  • Gender: To promote peaceful and democratic growth in society by fostering an understanding of gender equality.



In the second season of Sawa Shabab, the dramatic series continues to reflect the daily lives of the main youth characters like Rose, Winnie, Taban and Richard. In this first episode, Rose discovers that her dowry price has already been negotiated, and she meets Zacharia, the rich old man from the village who could become her husband. Richard and Winnie are pushed further apart owing to their family dispute. Chocho’s passion for music is tested once again when Cathy shows up at South Taki. Also, Hakim has met the love of his life, and he is eager to share the news with his daughter Winnie.