Due to decades of civil war, and ongoing conflict, South Sudanese have at most lived their lives knowing war, hearing sounds of guns, in fear of bombs and bullets, experiencing violence and persecution, and witnessing horror at the hands of various armies and militias, including loss of loved ones, rapes, looting and destruction of properties and the most vulnerable among these are Women and children, who suffered worst forms of abuses, and harms, eg. Recruitment into armed forces, maiming, rapes and many other traumatic experiences both for those in the IDP Camps, conflict-affected areas and in the refugee camps in Uganda. In the refugee camps still, tribal tension and conflicts persist from one camp to another, most refugees have carried their emotional baggage with them (e.g. Dinka and Nuer), and there is fear and distrust between refugees communities, and difficult relations with the host communities and the conflict situation has grown so resistant to many peacebuilding efforts. The Community Development Centre is using VR technology as a tool for peacebuilding.
The project aims at creating and developing VR Contents, giving the refugee community space and tools to express themselves, find healing from past bitterness, and reconciling with themselves to build the next community and future they all want. The project enables different conflict groups to meet, engage in dialogue, and build some mutual understanding, and to provide refugees unique VR Storytelling experiences that will result in a change of attitudes and behaviors and promote peace and reconciliation. The VR 4 peace-building project is part of our Virtual Reality for the community program which aims at building community through the power of virtual reality; In which we also intend to use virtual reality technology to transform the lives of a vulnerable population, such as conflict-affected, displaced communities/refugees and working to ensure such new technologies reach the most disconnected.