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    In June 2012, Shannon Jensen was on the northern border of South Sudan as 30,000 people were fleeing the conflict in Blue Nile state. As a way of showing the plight of the refugees in a new way, she decided to focus on a telling detail - their shoes. Says Jensen: “The incredible array of worn-down, ill-fitting, and jerry-rigged shoes formed a silent testimony of the arduous nature of the trek, the persistence and ingenuity of their owners, and the diversity of these individuals thrown together by tragic circumstance”

    Jensen, a Reportage Featured Contributor, was awarded the 2014 Inge Morath Award in order to continue the project with subject interviews. See more images from ‘A Long Walk.’

    A photo from Benjamin Lowy's trip to South Sudan in December, when fighting broke out in Juba between government forces and supporters of a former vice president. In an editorial today, The New York Times writes that “a staggering 3.7 million people, roughly one-third of the population, are facing starvation in South Sudan, where a civil war has created a humanitarian catastrophe.” They add that United Nations officials say South Sudan needs $230 million more in the next 60 days to avoid the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands perished in Ethiopia. Read more on NYTimes.com.

    benlowy:

    Juba, South Sudan | December 19, 2013 Nuer civilians hiding in the UN Mission base, wait for a chance to collect water after fleeing their homes following brutal battles between government and rebel forces. It is looking increasingly like a campaign of ethnic cleansing began in Juba and spread to the rest of the country, pitting two tribal groups - the Dinka and the Nuer - against each other. #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #southsudan #juba

    benlowy:

    Stylin in Sudan! Keeping an eye on fashion, not conflict in South Sudan.

    Please check out the work on Ozy.com

    Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy takes a look at something not often covered in South Sudan: fashion.

    Photo by Shannon Jensen Photo by Shannon Jensen Photo by Shannon Jensen Photo by Shannon Jensen

    The New York Times Lens blog profiles the work of Shannon Jensen, who visited South Sudan’s Blue Nile region to photograph an underreported refugee crisis. After making standard documentary images that garnered little interest from international publications, she tried to find a different visual approach to telling the story.

    While looking at her images on her laptop she stopped at an image of three refugees carrying their shoes. She had “a gut feeling” that the shoes could be an effective way to tell the story. As refugees arrived she had noticed the state of their shoes, the care they took in repairing them and how much the refugees seemed to treasure them.

    I think they started off as protection for their feet, but even when the shoes were so worn down that they weren’t comfortable to walk in, and seemed unrepairable, people were loath to discard one of the few things they owned.

    She began photographing shoes. Hundreds of them.

    Read more on Lens, and see more of Shannon’s work on the Reportage Web site.

    This body of work is also among those featured in Moving Walls 21 by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which is open free-of-charge to the public from January 29 to October 3 in New York City.

    JUBA - 24 hours after South Sudan declared independence from the north, spectators watch the country’s team play in its first international soccer match, at Juba football stadium, July 10th, 2011.

    From Welcome to South Sudan, by Sarah Elliott

    Reportage photographer Marco di Lauro went to South Sudan last year for Outside Magazine, for a progress report on the new country’s development. The resulting article, by Patrick Symmes, appears in this month’s issue. Read the article on and see an accompanying gallery of Marco’s photos on Outside’s Web site.

    Caption: A Mundari cattle herder near the capital city of Juba. (Photo by Marco di Lauro/Reportage by Getty Images for Outside Magazine.)

    Shannon Jensen, a Reportage Emerging Talent, snagged 2nd place in the Days Japan photojournalism contest with her photographs of shoes of refugees who fled Sudan’s Blue Nile State and arrived at the border of South Sudan during May and June of 2012. See more from the series on her Web site.

    Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart also received a special jury prize for his work from South Sudan, about children who dig for water at the Jamam refugee camp. See more from this series here.

    See the other winners of this year’s Days Japan contest: http://www.daysjapan.net/e/award2013/index.html

    Photo by Shannon Jensen

    '[In South Sudan], women are really defined by their ability to get married and have children.' Report from HRW, with photos by Brent Stirton

    humanrightswatch:

    Child Marriage: South Sudan

    This visually stunning short film tells the story of child marriage in South Sudan. According to government statistics, close to half (48 percent) of South Sudanese girls between 15 and 19 are married, with some marrying as young as age 12.

    Read more after the jump.

    newyorker:

    The latest segment of HBO’s four-part Witness series follows the French photojournalist Véronique de Viguerie in South Sudan, where thousands have been murdered, kidnapped, or displaced by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

    Watch a clip from the film (which aired last night on HBO), and click-through for more from Maria Lokke on de Viguerie.

    Photographer Sarah Elliott is based in Nairobi and has traveled extensively, documenting social issues in Africa with a focus on women. Subjects of her stories include reproductive rights in Kenya, maternal mortality in Ethiopia, fistula repair in Central African Republic and women’s roles during the revolutions in Egypt and Libya. 

    Images:

    JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN -  24 hours after South Sudan celebrated it’s independence from the north, Southern Sudanese attend their first church service in an Indpendent South Sudan. North Sudan is predominantly Muslim, while South Sudan is Christian. 

    TRIPOLI, LIBYA - A Libyan girl puts on make up in her bedroom. Although she dresses modestly and wears a hijab she’s preparing to attend a girls only birthday party where she is able to wear whatever she likes. 

    TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Women gathered by the thousands in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square (formerly known as GreenSquare) to celebrate the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi on September 2, 2011. A sea of headscarves, national flags and victory signs filled the square where women sang songs and chanted in celebration. Women for the most part have been out of the public eye during the revolution, but many have been working behind the scenes to liberate the country from the 42-year oppressive regime. 

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