Two years after its independence in 2011, South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, faced an internal conflict opposing different ethnic groups struggling for power, resulting in the dramatic increase of the number of Internally Displaced Persons.
In 2016, Wau, the third largest city in South Sudan, was also hit by violence between different ethnic which used to cohabitate well together. Thousands of people fled their home and sought refuge in the POC (Protection Of Civilians Site), a part of the town protected by United Nations forces.
These locally exiled people built temporary houses, sometimes just a few hundred meters from their previous home, and are now trying to rebuild a normal life. This piece of land was not supposed to host up to 39,000 people in such a short period. Therefore, different UN-Agencies, as well as NGOs, have been implementing various programs for the well-beingness of its residents (Water sanitation, healthcare structures, distributions of foods to malnourished children).
In this context, the German NGO Johanniter International Assistance has started a healthcare program as well as a program of food distribution to malnourished children, and hope to decrease the impact of this forced relocation on this vulnerable population.
Through this photo-series, I wanted to show the effort at every level – at international level to raise funds and coordinate these programs as well as at a very local level with local staff dedicated in taking care of their fellow people – to have innocent victims of a conflict continuing living a decent life, and get closer to the standard of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.