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In 1998, I travelled to Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan for Doctors Without Borders to photograph the famine afflicting the region at the time. After two days of travel from Kenya, I arrived in a land that seemed remote in time and place. Despite the presence of war, Dinka communities and culture were still intact, and rooted in agrarian and livestock economies. If these livelihoods are disrupted for any length of time, then food availability is threatened. In this case, several seasons of drought had wiped out the ability of many villages to feed themselves. People resorted to collecting “wild foods”, rationing and going hungry. The most vulnerable (nursing mothers, very young children and the elderly) were the most affected. The nutrition centers set up by the aid agency tried to absorb them. They were often accompanied by stronger family members who would hang out at the edge of the centers. This is a portrait of one such individual who let me take his picture after I established eye contact with him and got his consent.

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