National Day of Prayer

Here’s a little video of me tooling around Juba town with some pro-independence activists. They were out trying to rally folks to attend the national day of prayer for the upcoming referendum. (Disclaimer: Terrible audio and hasty compression on this one…apologies!!!)

The prayer service itself was uneventful. It was heavily attended by various Christian denominations but the Islamic community was largely absent. One imam appeared as a token but it seemed exactly that. Many here believe that significant portions of the southern Islamic community is sympathetic to the northern National Congress Party. I’ve been trying to understand whether being supportive of the NCP amounts to support for unity. The claims vary depending on who’s talking. I worry, however, that there is more tension between the communities than most will confess to a foreigner.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by stories. Through much of my life, I satisfied this interest with the study of history. The topics of war, uprising, social movements and sexuality defined my course of historical study and generated a deep curiosity in the modern aspects of these issues. While the past enthralls me, my interest in creating modern primary documents ultimately won out. Since 2005, I have worked to document the individual consequences of war, poverty and social unrest. Through a combination of photography, text, and audio recordings, I hope to illustrate broader issues through individual stories. I aim to create images and material that demand consideration for the lives of those depicted. I believe that intimate, sensitive photographs leave indelible marks on the conscience and actively oppose the sterilization of human suffering.

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