A Haunting History

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civil war, South Sudan
Ilse van Velzen and Femke van Velzen
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After studying in England, the young and ambitious lawyer Anuol, returns to his homeland South Sudan. Haunted by his own violent past and committed to fighting against human rights violations, he believes that the law will be his only true guide to bring sustainable peace to the country. But his western education clashes with the minds of his fellow countrymen. While Anuol strongly believes in the healing power of justice by convictions, others think it best to lay the past to rest. Desperately trying to convince his countrymen that there is no reconciliation without justice, Anuol finds himself on the verge of a breakdown.

When a new bloody civil war breaks out and Anuol has to flee the same bullets that chased him as a boy, the youngest nation in the world slips deeper into the abyss. Anuol struggles to keep a positive outlook on his new life in South Sudan. Equipped with the story of his inspiring mother, who defied death and war against all odds, he tries to find resolution in a country that tore his life apart. Will Anuol’s ideal of justice ever be fulfilled?

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