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Generations for Peace and FIBA Foundation sign partnership to develop sport for peace programs in South Sudan

Refugee camp in South Sudan

MARCH 6 2017

AMMAN, Jordan/MIES, Switzerland - Generations For Peace and FIBA's Foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), on Monday signed a pioneering three-year partnership to develop sport for peace programs for youth in the capital of South Sudan, Juba.

Generations For Peace and the IBF, with the support of the South Sudan Basketball Federation and the South Sudan National Olympic Committee, will work together to develop 3x3 basketball programs to address existing inter-tribal conflict and improve the relationship among and between youth from the Dinka and Nuer tribes in Juba. The programs will provide a safe space to play sport and for the youth from two tribes to interact, break stereotypes and build greater tolerance, trust and understanding. All activities will be delivered in Area 107, a residential area that has been converted into an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located in the heart of South Sudanese capital, Juba.

His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, said: "We are delighted to sign this new partnership with the International Basketball Foundation. With the support of our two local program partners, the South Sudanese Basketball Federation and the South Sudanese Olympic Committee, we will use basketball to create safe spaces and build greater trust, tolerance and understanding among and between youth in rival tribes in vulnerable communities in Juba."

IBF President and FIBA Honorary President Yvan Mainini added: "We are delighted with the cooperation with such a well-respected non-profit organization as Generations for Peace. It fits very well within the strategy of the Foundation to address social and educational issues with basketball. The new 3x3 basketball discipline is ideal to support the values and objectives of the program and addresses youngsters of both genders."

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