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Stories that must be seen… Stories that have to be told… Stories that you must know…
„Enduring Times“ or often called „A Country That’s Dying“ is my recent long-term documentary project that left deep feelings, traces and opened my mind again and challenged my soul. This work has been multiple published and awarded; Six times at Paris Photo Px3 Prix de la Photographie, American Photography 2018, shortlisted Visa Pour L’Image, Visa D’Or 2018.
After decades of civil war, South Sudan succeeded in separating from its Arab north in 2011. People cheered, because more than 90 percent had spent a long time fighting for independence and now voted for it, but it was a short-lived dream.
In December 2013, a dispute broke out between the new president, Salva Kiir, and his former vice president, Riek Machar, and there was no going back, even though they had once fought side-by-side for independence. In the brand-new, united country led by Kiir, the Dinka had been in power. The country’s big dream crumbled along with the disintegrating army whose soldiers had been running after their wages for months and now decided they had carte blanche to earn their pay by looting villages, camps, and aid convoys.
Since the crisis erupted in 2013 in SouthSudan, 4 million people have been uprooted from their homes due to war and severe food insecurity. Approximately 1.88 million people are displaced internally, 2 million fled to neighboring and an estimated 7.3 million are in need of humanitarian aid.
The world invests more than US $1 billion annually in South Sudan, but the weapons and ethnic hunts aren’t coming to a halt.
Let me share with you some of my favored pictures and the behind stories from my 4 months South Sudan project „Enduring Times“.
Read more on “Personal Best”
Vol.1- Flemming Bo Jensen
Vol.2- Pieter D’Hoop
Vol.3- Santiago Escobar-Jarmillo
Vol.4- Stefan Finger
Vol.5- Xyza Cruz Bacani
Vol.6- Christian Bobst
Vol.7- Tomasz Lazar
Vol.8- Eamonn McCarthy
Vol.9- Faruk Akbaş
Vol.10- Kevin Mullins