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Shannon Jensen September 5, 2012

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Bentiu, South Sudan 2010

Shannon Jensen (b.1984, United States) is a documentary photographer based between East Africa and Washington DC. She has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which she greatly enjoyed despite its questionable relevance to current pursuits. She attended the 2009 Eddie Adams Workshop and is currently featured on the Emerging Talent roster of Reportage by Getty Images. Her clients include The New York Times, Die Zeit, German GEO, Newsweek, Monocle, MSF, Oxfam and the National Geographic Society.

About the Photograph

“This picture was taken in Bentiu about one month before South Sudan voted to become an independent nation in the January 2011 referendum. Tens of thousands of ethnically Southern Sudanese who had been living in Khartoum and other urban centers of the north for decades returned to their home states, anxious to restart their lives and contribute to the development of their hard-won, soon-to-be-independent homeland. Southern cities struggled to manage the flow of returnees and many families were stranded for weeks, if not months in informal holding areas. This man had been waiting for three weeks for a bus to take him to his village, but he remained patient and optimistic about the future.”

Micah Albert July 23, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Sudan.
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Displaced South Sudanese children celebrate thankfulness by rehearsing a traditional dance of their tribe. Khartoum 2011

Micah Albert (b. 1979) received his B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University’s Keller Visual Art Center in Graphic Communications in 2002. Since 2004 Micah has worked on documenting projects including the global food crisis in Yemen, insecurity and unrest in Darfur, refugee camps in Chad, marginalized Kurds living in Syria, undocumented refugees living in Jordan, post-election unrest in Kenya, and overfishing practices in Tanzania. Most recently he worked on a project through the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting documenting the Dandora dump site in Nairobi. His clients include The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, BBC, The Washington Times, and many others. Micah is represented by Redux Pictures and is based in Northern California.

About the Photograph:

“I had traveled to the Middle East and Africa during the Arab Spring (Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Jordan) to chronicle the more traditionally marginalized groups of young people that you did not hear about in the news.  I wanted to know about the fringe groups. How were they fairing, what did they think, how were they reacting and I wanted to do it across a diverse ethnic groups. Not just Arabs. That’s what brought me to Khartoum. Brown is the color of Khartoum. There’s some red around, but basically it’s brown. The scorching sun bleaches the color out of most things, and dust manages to get onto and into almost everything. Khartoum is the second largest city in Muslim Africa. The city is not built up like most modern cities, but comprises largely simple, mud-brick, one-storied houses stretching for miles in all directions.”

“Sudan has huge cultural diversity, with over 240 ethnic groups making up a population of 33 million. Khartoum accommodates 12 million of these people, two million of whom are displaced (refugees) from the Nuba Mountains, southern Sudan and Darfur. Most live in refugee areas around the edge of city. International organizations have worked tirelessly to promote basic services such as food relief, water, sanitation, health and education in these displacement areas. Government services such as electricity and roads are now appearing. Others dream of going back to the South or to Darfur if the war stops.”

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