South Sudan conflict: what it means for the future of the country’s youth

Youths ride three on a motorcycle as they celebrate after the result of an unofficial vote was announced in the disputed border region of Abyei Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, whose ownership is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. The outcome of the unofficial vote announced Thursday was that residents of the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan said they want to join South Sudan, which is no surprise since the residents who voted beginning Sunday are aligned with South Sudan. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

NAIROBI–From the relative safety of a University campus, Juliana Siapay, a 24-year-old South Sudanese student in Kenya, fears for her own future and that of her war-riddled country. At one point, her dream was so close to reality, until a set of circumstances conspired to rob her of her educational…

Mohammed Yusuf

Freelance journalist covering East Africa, he has contributed to several international publications, writing about politics and security.