In a country of crisis, social media play an important role – as a source of information, sharing news, as a kind of support network. Check out such different tweets like the hashtag #ThingsIloveaboutSouthSudan and the twitter account of the Government @repsouthsudan.
“Right now, it’s hard for traditional media to do a positive story about South Sudan – because there are not a lot of positives there,”
says Ian Cox, an American who runs a business in the capital Juba selling 4×4 vehicles, and who helped start the hashtag.
“But it’s good to push out a parallel message about what the country is like at its core.”
A few days into the conflict, the hashtag #MyTribeIsSouthSudan began to trend, and was used more than 2,000 times, by people keen to push back at the way the country has been portrayed as dividing along ethnic lines.
The South Sudanese government also has been active on Twitter, posting updates on the fighting and peace talks. On the rebel side, it’s been much quieter on social media – probably because internet access is virtually non-existent in the areas they are operating. Even in the capital it can be hard to get a 3G signal, and people often gather outside major hotels to tap into their wi-fi networks.
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