18 episodes

Sawa Shabab (Youth Together) is a peacebuilding radio drama series for the youth of South Sudan.


Sawa Shabab is a bold new peacebuilding radio drama series for South Sudanese youth.

The drama series follows the daily lives of four young South Sudanese: Rose, Taban, Winnie and Richard, four very different characters facing common issues: tribalism, poverty, gender inequity, and insecurity but also issues that affect youth all over the world: school, work, friendships, family, love and future ambitions.

Over the course of this first season, we meet Rose, a girl who left her rural village with her mother in search of greater opportunities in town. She is determined to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress, despite the hardship of urban life and her mother's traditional values who wants to see Rose married off before she completes school.

We also follow the story of Winnie, recently returned from America, as she strives to be accepted back in her home country.

Taban, a student who sells eggs after school to support his family, has his own ambitions: to find his father, a profession, and love.

Then finally Richard, the son of the Police Commissioner, where we see the dangers, (and also dark humour) of a young, unqualified, untrained man being given responsibilities he is not capable nor deserving of.

Throughout the radio drama we learn how all four characters become peace builders in their communities. Listen out for Sawa Shabab on Catholic Radio Network, Radio Miraya and local stations across the country. You can keep track of the stories, get to know the cast and listen to the poetry, songs and raps from the series here on Facebook.


The drama is developed and produced in South Sudan by Free Voice, in partnership with the US Institute of Peace.

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Sawa Shabab (Youth Together) is a peacebuilding radio drama series for the youth of South Sudan.


Sawa Shabab is a bold new peacebuilding radio drama series for South Sudanese youth.

The drama series follows the daily lives of four young South Sudanese: Rose, Taban, Winnie and Richard, four very different characters facing common issues: tribalism, poverty, gender inequity, and insecurity but also issues that affect youth all over the world: school, work, friendships, family, love and future ambitions.

Over the course of this first season, we meet Rose, a girl who left her rural village with her mother in search of greater opportunities in town. She is determined to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress, despite the hardship of urban life and her mother's traditional values who wants to see Rose married off before she completes school.

We also follow the story of Winnie, recently returned from America, as she strives to be accepted back in her home country.

Taban, a student who sells eggs after school to support his family, has his own ambitions: to find his father, a profession, and love.

Then finally Richard, the son of the Police Commissioner, where we see the dangers, (and also dark humour) of a young, unqualified, untrained man being given responsibilities he is not capable nor deserving of.

Throughout the radio drama we learn how all four characters become peace builders in their communities. Listen out for Sawa Shabab on Catholic Radio Network, Radio Miraya and local stations across the country. You can keep track of the stories, get to know the cast and listen to the poetry, songs and raps from the series here on Facebook.


The drama is developed and produced in South Sudan by Free Voice, in partnership with the US Institute of Peace.

    Sawa Shabab S4. E.6 - Arabic Language

    Sawa Shabab S4. E.6 - Arabic Language

    Innocent tries to convince residents of West Kaso to move because the crack in the land will get deeper with time. As Innocent informs the inhabitants, Musa records this story and sends it to South Turkey FM.
    Taban worries because his marriage process has not been finalized. Molana send a message from the village informing Taban that there is good news on the way.
    Benson tells Winnie the truth about Zuhur’s marriage to Moses. He confesses that his sister accidentally killed her alcoholic husband because he was physically abusive to her. Benson also confesses to dumping the body.
    Malesh and Philip meet Juliet in Katiko. They inform her that rumours are circulating in the community about her plans to chase away the farmers. Juliet promises that there will not be a repeat of the incident that took place at the Peace Rally. Instead, this time around she bought guns for the youth.
    Molana tells Taban that as a result of the dowry increase by Rose’s family, he has found him a new bride to marry. Taban becomes very angry because this decision has been taken without his consultation, and walks away. Sebit goes to Molana’s house and tells him that the marriage is back to the original agreement.
    Chocho meets the General and tells him about Juliet’s plan to have guns at the reconciliation meeting. He is shocked that his wife can do such thing, and tries to dismiss the idea. He, however remembers hateful remarks she has previously made against the farmers.

    • 21 min
    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.5 - Arabic Language

    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.5 - Arabic Language

    Jabara tells his community members from East Kaso about the oil reserves found in West Kaso. Together they plot how to make the people from West Kaso leave so that the land can be sold to investors. Jabara also tells his people that he will find a geologist who will convince residents of West Kaso to evacuate.
    Benson and Winnie go out for dinner and get to know each other better. Winnie offers to talk to Benson’s stubborn sister, after he complains about her irresponsible actions.
    Malesh is at the hospital after hurting his shoulder at the Peace Rally. Chocho tells Malesh that he and his friends are being used by Madam Juliet to fight the farmers. They agree that Malesh will go to Katiko to find out what Juliet is planning next. Chocho will tell General Solomon that his wife is up to no good.
    Musa interviews Lula about the crack on the land. He believes this phenomenal story is the break he has been waiting for as a reporter.
    Jabara convinces Innocent to pretend to be a geologist. He teaches him different words that will add to his credibility as a geologist.
    Benson takes Winnie to meet his sister. To Winnie’s surprise Zuhur is Benson’s stubborn sister who Richard impregnated. Zuhur faints as her brother starts asking questions about Richard. Winnie says she does not believe Zuhur is pregnant and leaves.

    • 19 min
    Sawa Shaba S.4 E.5 - English Language

    Sawa Shaba S.4 E.5 - English Language

    Jabara tells his community members from East Kaso about the oil reserves found in West Kaso. Together they plot how to make the people from West Kaso leave so that the land can be sold to investors. Jabara also tells his people that he will find a geologist who will convince residents of West Kaso to evacuate.
    Benson and Winnie go out for dinner and get to know each other better. Winnie offers to talk to Benson’s stubborn sister, after he complains about her irresponsible actions.
    Malesh is at the hospital after hurting his shoulder at the Peace Rally. Chocho tells Malesh that he and his friends are being used by Madam Juliet to fight the farmers. They agree that Malesh will go to Katiko to find out what Juliet is planning next. Chocho will tell General Solomon that his wife is up to no good.
    Musa interviews Lula about the crack on the land. He believes this phenomenal story is the break he has been waiting for as a reporter.
    Jabara convinces Innocent to pretend to be a geologist. He teaches him different words that will add to his credibility as a geologist.
    Benson takes Winnie to meet his sister. To Winnie’s surprise Zuhur is Benson’s stubborn sister who Richard impregnated. Zuhur faints as her brother starts asking questions about Richard. Winnie says she does not believe Zuhur is pregnant and leaves.

    • 16 min
    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.4- Arabic Language

    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.4- Arabic Language

    Juliet is upset with Chocho for singing the wrong song at the Peace Rally and abruptly ends their parnership contract. She also notices that Chocho is wearing her dress and accuses her sleeping with General Solomon.
    Winnie and Benson have breakfast and realize they are attracted to each other, they agree to go out for dinner the following day.
    Margaret is upset with Sebit for agreeing with his uncles that Taban must pay 200 heads of cattle if he wants to marry their daughter Rose. Sebit confesses that he fears his daughter will be cursed and become barren if he does not agree.
    Musa discovers a crack on the hearth on West Kaso village. Jubara tells him that the crack must be special since it is not human made and it was not there before.
    Jubara is planning to sell the West side of Kaso Village to investors. He convinces the investors to put money in his personal bank account. Sebit realizes that his uncles dont have the power to curse his daughter Rose. Instead, he informs Rose that her wedding plans will continued as originally agreed with Taban’s family.

    • 18 min
    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.4 - English Language

    Sawa Shabab S.4 E.4 - English Language

    Juliet is upset with Chocho for singing the wrong song at the Peace Rally and abruptly ends their parnership contract. She also notices that Chocho is wearing her dress and accuses her sleeping with General Solomon.
    Winnie and Benson have breakfast and realize they are attracted to each other, they agree to go out for dinner the following day.
    Margaret is upset with Sebit for agreeing with his uncles that Taban must pay 200 heads of cattle if he wants to marry their daughter Rose. Sebit confesses that he fears his daughter will be cursed and become barren if he does not agree.
    Musa discovers a crack on the hearth on West Kaso village. Jubara tells him that the crack must be special since it is not human made and it was not there before.
    Jubara is planning to sell the West side of Kaso Village to investors. He convinces the investors to put money in his personal bank account. Sebit realizes that his uncles dont have the power to curse his daughter Rose. Instead, he informs Rose that her wedding plans will continued as originally agreed with Taban’s family.

    • 14 min
    Sawa Shabab S. 4 E.3 - English Language

    Sawa Shabab S. 4 E.3 - English Language

    Chocho sleeps at General Solomon’s house after the Peace Rally fight between the farmers and the cattle keepers. The General offers her an iPhone 7 which she takes after making sure he will not want any favours in return.
    Rose hears that her uncles have asked Taban to pay 200 heads of cattle as dowry. She is upset that her decision to marry Taban has not been respected and asks if her marriage is a business trade. Her mother Margaret is also very chocked and upset to see her husband Sebit siding with his uncles instead of respecting his daughters wishes.
    As Zuhur is packing to go to Katiko to be with Richard she confesses to her friend Karaba that her pregnancy is a lie.
    General Solomon summons the cattle keepers and the farmers to talk about the Peace Rally incident. The farmers explain they felt offended and threaten when Juliet said that if she is elected, cows can wander aimlessly and their owners will not be held accountable. The general promises to speak to his wife.
    When the Chief tells Juliet that he will not longer support her political campaign, she threatens to reveal their affair. The Chief gets scared and backs off.

    • 18 min

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