Painter Thomas Dai (L) and musician James Aka, both members of the new activist movement AnaTaban, talk in front of Thomas' latest graffiti in a street in Juba, South Sudan, September 18, 2016. (AFP/Albert Gonzalez Farran)
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A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission -- to mobilize young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to the war-torn nation.In 2011, the streets of the capital Juba were full of revellers, celebrating the world's newest nation.But hope for the future has soured after more than four years of civil war, with about a third of the country's 12 million people forced from their homes by conflict.South Sudan plunged into conflict in 2013 after clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar deteriorated into a military confrontation.The U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that more than 100 activists and journalists have been killed, arrested, detained, fired or censored since mid-2016, with newspapers closed, often by the government.Manasseh Mathiang, a musician and another founding member of AnaTaban, said it was crucial to engage young people in the drive to forge a better country for the future.Biar said AnaTaban has given hope to disillusioned young people in the capital through art and music.Despite the failure to reach a peace deal so far, South Sudan's youth remain hopeful.
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