EU Website Highlights the impact of Yat Madit in People’s Lives

EU Website Highlights the impact of Yat Madit in People’s Lives

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"As I watched the drama series, I was shocked to see people acting out exactly what goes on in our community. This meant that we do things without knowing that other people are noticing what we do. There are other things we do that hurt people but we do not know, for example how we treat people who were child soldiers during the war. In the film, a character called Opio burns the house of a former child soldier called Michael. Previously, as a community, we thought it was normal for returnees to be treated with discrimination. But since I watched Yat Madit, I realized that our actions hurt them. The pain stays with them for a long time and if we do not apologise they remain hurt.  So I have learnt to apologise so that we can all stay happy in the community.

"After watching Yat Madit, we would all return home to share with our neighbours what we saw and also ask them the questions we were asked at the meeting as a way of extending our experience from the dialogue sessions. For instance, in our discussions, we would caution young girls against getting married when they are still teenagers. We also have so many land wrangles but I saw the need to settle them peacefully by involving community leaders and the law after seeing the effects land wrangles can have on a community.

"I encourage that the project is taken to other regions in Northern Uganda so that they can learn that we have forgiven them and we are ready to start a new life together. More programs should be made to support the returnees in income generating activities so that they do not go back to the bush to start war."

That is the testimony of Emalingat Immaculate, a participant intercultural dialogues in Teso region as highlighted on the EU website. Find out more on the EU website https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/case-studies/crossroads-soap-opera-social-change_en

A drama series for social change: Building peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda through film and dialogue