Now in its fourth 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.

Each season of the radio drama series consists of twenty episodes in English and Arabic. The first two seasons aired in 2014 and 2015 on Radio Miraya, the Catholic Radio Network and many other stations in South Sudan. In response to the violence which erupted in December 2013, and again in July 2016, Sawa Shabab has reached at-risk communities including those within IDP camps, refugee camps such as Kakuma in Kenya as well as South Sudanese remaining in conflict-affected areas.


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.



Season 3 - Vivacell: ++211955266666 or Zain: +211915266666 


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 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.




At the end of Season 2, Malish was about to head to South Taki to start school. Then, at the bus stop, he learns that all of his cows have been stolen! What will he do next?!

Later, Malish sings about his colorful bull who has been stolen by the neighboring youth. He decides he cannot live another day without his bull; he will go to his friends today to discuss the cattle raid. Peter goes to the meeting to try convince the youth to choose dialogue and not violence. But he is met with anger and a burning desire for revenge. Peter goes to Hakim to seek advice, and they decide that Hakim should talk to Malish himself. But when they get to the house of Malish, he is gone!

Lula is in the village living with her sister’s husband, who is from a different ethnic community. The only problem is, there has been some recent violence between Lula’s community, and the community of her sister’s husband John, and she is fearful. She writes a letter to Rose that she is frightened. When Rose reads the letter, she is worried, and she tries to call Lula. But, Lula’s brother-in-law just shouts at her. This worries Rose even more, and she decides she will have to go to the village to see for herself what is really going on. Meanwhile, Lula overhears a frightening conversation with John and their neighbor, hinting at ethnic hatred towards her community, and she decides she is no longer safe. She flees the house.

Winnie and Taban are visiting Teacher Richard at his classroom for lunch, but when Teacher James catches them there, he gets angry and throws them out! They begin to think that maybe Teacher James really does hate Richard, and is out to get revenge . . .