Learning languages gives you many chances in life: South Sudan journalist

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School in South Sudan. On International Mother Language Day, this year, UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova appealed for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere. Photo: UNMISS

A radio journalist at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is highlighting the benefits of multilingualism.

Sebbit Abdu, who speaks 10 languages, says he automatically feels at home in the places where they are spoken.

Mr Abdu spoke to Sebbit William on International Mother Language Day, observed annually on 21 February.

The two colleagues, who work for Radio Miraya, began by exchanging greetings in five of the languages spoken in South Sudan: Zande, Nur, Dinka, Madi and Bari.

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