As I do the last packing upon departure back to South Sudan on monday some of the work I did for the UN is now published on an interactive web-site to spread the message about the situation in the country.
I hope this will be a part of bringing change to the people in South Sudan and make people elsewhere think of peace, food and democracy. That these things are sadly not rights to be take for granted by everyone.
Rather privileges worth fighting for.
To view the site, please follow the link
After editing and filing for the last two weeks I have found some strange arguments from some editors and their chiefs (mostly the editors are very understandable and cooperative). The above photo and some others have been met with an argumentation against publication from among others, one of the most respected news-papers in the world:
Editor: We cant publish this photo along with some others you have sent. I want to publish them but this a united decision from the desk.
Editor: I have battled with the desk to have the pic of the kid using the machine gun as a toy but they found it degrading to this people.
Me: But this is how life is here, and I found these photos showing reality as it is.
Editor: Nudity is an issue so we will show the reality those people lived when they have reached a level of civilization where you don’t live naked.
Me: I find the fact people are starving to death degrading. And to make people understand real life we cant show a reality with make-up.
In the end this photo was not published by this client.
The caption to the photo:
Nyigaam Island, Unity State, South Sudan, May 6, 2014: Tabitha Nyanyun and her three children seek refuge on Nyigaam, an island surrounded by swamps. She fled fierce fighting in Leer and has been given some tools and seeds to plant by the locals in the area. Her son John Kawai, eight years old, has found an automatic weapon that he holds on to.
– I don’t like that he keeps it but there is nothing else to play with, his mother Tabitha says.
She hopes her family can return to Leer in the future but at the moment she is too afraid to move.