South Sudanese refugee striving for peace after fleeing Sudan
Mario, 52, has been staying at the transit centre in Renk, South Sudan, since the 5th of May, when he arrived by car with 20 other people, after escaping conflict in Sudan.
He waited for two weeks locked at home in Khartoum hoping for the violence to end: “There was army everywhere... the children were traumatised because of the sounds of the bullets,” he explains. When he saw that the situation wasn’t improving and food and other necessities were hard to find, he decided to leave: “we had no more water, no food, no security, and no services.”
Mario, originally from South Sudan, was living in Sudan as a refugee. In Khartoum, he was a preschool teacher, and he led an organisation that provided arts classes and initiatives aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation among young people from different tribes and communities. “Arts are important for the promotion of peace, it is the fastest way for children to be brought together and learn,” he explains. “In Sudan, communities are divided based on tribalism. But when it comes to organising a theatre play, they all come together.”