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Film: Former Sudanese Child Soldier Turned Model Returns Home


Ger: To Be Separate is a new documentary by award winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The film is a poignant portrait of former child soldier and lost boy, Ger Duany's journey back to South Sudan after 18 years away (watch Duany talk about the film above). At the age of 14, Duany fled the conflict in the formerly united Sudan by walking first to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, then to one in Kenya. Luckily, Duany eventually escaped by airplane to the United States where he is now a successful fashion model and actor. Duany took South Sudan's momentous vote for independence last January as an occasion to return home and search for long lost family members.

To help Duany tell his amazing story, visit the film's Kickstarter page.

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Nigerian Mental Health Advocate Chude Jideonwo Shares Practical Ways Of Coping During COVID

We speak with the founder of Joy Inc. about the mental health challenges facing Nigerians, how many have managed to find effective ways to cope, and the online resources available to the community.

Never in our lifetimes have we experienced a pandemic of this gravity. As COVID-19 cases rise in Nigeria, Nigerians aren't just worried about getting the virus, they are also concerned about a host of other challenges: our lack of efficient and effective healthcare—which is overwhelmed even without a pandemic—the lack of appropriate data, and the high levels of poverty and illiteracy in the country that make it difficult to enforce the strategies that will enable us to handle the pandemic and keep it under control.

In a bid to understand how Nigerians are dealing with mental health challenges now, on the ground, due to the pandemic—which has led to a lockdown restricting movement and also social distancing rules—we spoke with Nigerian journalist, lawyer and mental healthcare advocate Chude Jideonwo, who is the founder of Joy Inc. He shared insights from his experiences with The Joy Inc., which he founded in 2016 to help young people going through mental and emotional challenges. He aimed to help provide young Nigerians with tools to help navigate the world around them.

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'This Is One Too Many'—African Union Condemns the Murder of George Floyd

"The African Union is distressed to witness yet another unwarranted execution of another African-American male."