Understanding the impact of displacement on South Sudanese refugees

South Sudanese refugees

South Sudanese refugees have moved from their lands, belongings, traditions, and beliefs to Kakuma, Kenya. Young artists who were born in Kenya yet are South Sudanese are expressing their identity — their hopes of moving to a new country or back to their own, their ties to their families and roots, and interaction with a changing environment — through new hip hop music, abstract music, and a documentary. This team is using music production, video and sound recording, storytelling, and performance to immerse themselves within these communities. Students from Makerere University are contributing data comparing the environment in South Sudan (SS) and Kakuma and how it has changed over the past twenty years. They are also comparing how fetching water, cooking, traditional ceremonies, natural medicinal remedies, and other aspects of life have changed, as well as researching climate change, deforestation, and access to services. The project aims to understand the slow movement of people and their rituals and traditional knowledge; find out if they are disappearing, evolving, or staying the same; and explore how the young artists are flowing with or against this movement.