South Sudan one year on: a photo essay
After decades of fierce conflict and the displacement of millions of people across Sudan, the south was finally able to secede from the north to form South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, one year ago.
A year on there is still much joy in the hearts of the South Sudanese. They have hope. You can see it in their faces, you can see it when you walk along Hai Malakal and Tong Ping roads to the centre of Juba. There are also big changes in some remote regions where people live with less fear, more stability and resources.
But as a fledgling nation with such a devastating history of violence and displacement, there was, and still is, much work to be done in the world’s newest nation. The relatively resource-rich, South Sudan is all but bereft of infrastructure, from roads and transport to water and sanitation, agriculture and education. At the same time scores of displaced individuals and families are now returning to their respective homes, many of whom are in need of medical and other assistance to re-establish themselves.
Conflict and tensions continue to brew with ongoing disputes between South Sudan over lucrative oil reserves and pipelines. Regardless of the challenges, the one year anniversary is again time to celebrate. Caritas has compiled this photoessay to reflect on the year that has been for South Sudan with an emphasis on those who are still trying to find a place they can call home. Photos and stories courtesy of Caritas Internationalis and Laura Sheahen.