Thinking outside the ethnic box in S Sudan – Al Jazeera Blogs

Thinking outside the ethnic box in S Sudan – Al Jazeera Blogs.


The author presents a different perspective, demonstrating the complexity of the issues in the region. The civil war in Sudan is not African tribalism or ethnic/religious persecutions, but rather the problems look similar to ones faced in the US and other Western countries: corruption and elitism.

As usual, the innocent suffer.

Displaced Sudanese
This woman gave birth in her tent to her yet unnamed child. Fearing losing their spot under the tree, families are reluctant to leave their shelter.
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
One of biggest health problem is the lack of clean water. They are supplying several tens of thousands of litres of water every day.
Photography: Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
People still use river water, however, which is causing illnesses in the camp, particularly in children
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Many people say they have little or nothing to eat and are reliant on aid
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
….clinics are being set up to deal with the growing health problems in the camp
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

More than 84,000 people are huddled under trees in the settlement. When the sun rises, the day’s heat is unbearable.
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A preacher delivers a sermon, praying for peace, at a makeshift church in the middle of the camp
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
As well as providing shade, trees allow people to hang mosquito nets necessary to protect against malaria
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

As fighting rages on, the fate of nearly 400,000 people nationwide hangs in the balance
Photography: /Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

1 thought on “Thinking outside the ethnic box in S Sudan – Al Jazeera Blogs

  1. Those photos are so tragic. I really hope the people of South Sudan can improve in any way possible. I remember back in college where some of the Lost Boys of Sudan (okay, South Sudan wasn’t a country yet) visited the campus and I remember being taken aback by their testimonies.

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