twenty :: south sudan

‘Twenty’ is a series of images from my first twenty years as a photographer.

Three pictures today, showing different sides of South Sudan.

Prisoners of War in Yei, Southern Sudan, 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Prisoners of War in Yei, Southern Sudan, 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

These prisoners of war were being held in the next compound along from where we were camping out.  There were very few resources in the whole of the south in 1996 – we had to bring in all our food, water and fuel from Uganda for our ten day trip – which meant we were driving along roads that still had some landmines in the verges, with two drums of petrol in the back of our pick up…

The prisoners above were conscripts to the northern army, who’d surrendered to the SPLA (the army fighting for the independence of the south).  One of the things that’s interesting about this picture is that the conscripted soldiers look more like a disorganised rebel army, and the SPLA (standing) looked very organised indeed.

Nearby, children obviously picked up on what was happening around them, and turned it to play, as children tend to do:

Children playing with homemade guns, Southern Sudan, 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

Children playing with homemade guns, Southern Sudan, 1996 :: photo Richard Hanson copyright Tearfund

South Sudan is somewhere I’ve returned to repeatedly, and much later, I went back with MAF, and this was the welcome we received from a women’s group at one of the remote airstrips we landed at:

Welcome to South Sudan, 2005 or so :: photo copyright Richard Hanson for MAF

Welcome to South Sudan, 2005 or so :: photo copyright Richard Hanson for MAF

This is just one of those pictures that I love…

There’s a couple more pictures for black and white week to go – after Sunday, I’m planning to move into colour…

 

richard hanson  :: photographer :: sheffield

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