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Shannon Jensen September 5, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Sudan.
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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.”

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