A small note from South Sudan

Hi Folks,

I’ve finally made it back to Juba after an assignment of 9 days in the Upper Nile State. My bags are dirty, my laptop is dusty and the cameras need a rest. Overall It’s been a real adventure and I’m pleased to say that my work with the NGO went very well. (Unfortunately I couldn’t update you during this trip due to painfully slow internet connections.)

It’s been an eventful experience for me as it’s my first time in sub Sahara Africa and I feel I got a taste of this amazing continent in just a few days. From melting hot temperatures to hurricane like storms (which destroyed the clinical tent of the NGO I was working with), from angry mobs to scorpions in boots, from landing with a small plane on a dirt strip to driving for hours on muddy roads in the middle of nowhere, etc…

But what I will take most from this trip is the incredible people I met and worked with; the warmth and dedication of the NGO staff and the dignity and kindness of the South Sudanese in the returnee camps. Also, seeing first hand the work of NGOs in this part of the world is very humbling and puts many things back into perspective. I will provide further substance to my overall feelings of this trip once it’s completed in a few week’s time.

Also I’m still busy post processing my pictures and will share them with you in the coming weeks but in the meantime here’s a small sample. I hope you will like them.

Abayok Returnee camp, Renk, Upper Nile State, South Sudan
Amos Maganga, Health Manager, treating a patient at mobile clinic in Mina returnee camp, Renk, Upper Nile State, South Sudan
UN Helicopter flying over Renk. There is a heavy UN presence all around South Sudan.

I am now going to stay in Juba for the next few days before heading off with another NGO in a different part of South Sudan. In the meantime I will attempt to document the life of the women in the brothels of this new capital. But more on this in future posts…

Keep you posted.

Bernard


6 thoughts on “A small note from South Sudan

  1. Amazing Bernard! The pic with the young boy is my favorite. I like his face! I hope it was not too painful for him.

    1. Thanks Delphine, yes I liked his expression as well. It wasn’t that bad as he was being tested for Malaria which involves taking a small drop of blood from his finger. I can’t recall if he was tested positive or not though…

  2. Sebastien Delporte October 12, 2011 — 6:27 am

    Nice to have news from you ! Glad you enjoyed your stay and made it back safe.
    Seb

  3. Nice pictures! I’m sure people there are extraordinary…what is the name of the NGO? do people speak arabic?

    1. Hi Patricia, thanks for your kind comments.
      In order to protect my clients I will not provide the information of the NGOs while I’m in the country. The people here speak Juba Arabic and their local languages. While people are nice but very wary of foreigners taking pictures. It’s a challenging environment.

  4. Keep up the great work Bernard ! Very inspirational.

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