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JUBA - 5 Oct 2015

Miss Malaika calls for peace in South Sudan

The winner of a beauty pageant held recently in South Sudan's capital has called for peace in the country saying that tribalism and youth unemployment are big problems that need to be tackled.

About 12 South Sudanese young women gathered late last month to contest for the title of "Miss Malaika”. After the contestants underwent several tests, 22-year old Ajaa Kiir won the title to represent her country in a contest to choose “Miss World" in beauty pageant in China.

In an interview with Anadolu news agency, Ajaa said negative tribalism and lack of employment for youths and graduates is one of the biggest problems in the country that declared its independence from Sudan five years ago.

She argued that life without peace is "unbearable".

Ajaa Kiir plans to carry out several projects to encourage girl child education and raise awareness among women about the risk of fistula disease with the support of non-governmental and governmental organizations.

Kiir holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Methodist University, Kenya. She has been working for the last two years as an employee in the Office of Public Relations at the National Ministry of Environment.

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