A Glimpse of Hope for South Sudanese


We were on deployment in one of the remotest villages in Central Equatoria State when I took this photo of my South Sudanese colleague’s hand reaching for the flag using trick photography. You can create trick photography using the following techniques: 1. making your subject seem abnormally large in comparison to the rest of the setting; 2. making your foreground and background look as if they have little or no distance between them. I did the latter.

Last July 9, 2013, I was privileged to have witnessed the celebration of the 2nd  independence day of the newest country in the world, South Sudan.

After   decades   of  civil  war,  the  Republic  of  South  Sudan  finally  gained  full  independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011. Development  progress  is  somehow  evident  already  in  the  capital,  Juba,  in  terms  of  infrastructure  and  real    estate development. However, the city is still far from being a modern capital city.

The whole country still lags  behind  in  terms  of  basic social services and other infrastructure facilities like paved roads as well as having an airport with no international civil  aviation standards and river channels not having been made navigable.

There is no electricity supply yet in most part of the  country  including the capital Juba.  Businesses and offices make much use  of  generators.  Water  supplies  are  mostly  from  boreholes  or  River  Nile  fetched  by  water  tank  trucks, and being delivered daily to every household.  Drinking water are mostly from imported plastic water bottles available at small shops.

Aside from the limited access to social services, widespread epidemic diseases has been plaguing the country, with Malaria and Typhoid cases rising in numbers.

Social unrest and tribal wars that causes widespread conflict displacement in certain states  have  also  escalated  since the country gained its Independence. Other crimes such as robberies, ambush, car  hijacking, and killings  have  intensified  the past few months particularly in the main roads leading to Juba.  Expatriates humanitarian NGO workers have now  become primary targets of crimes since the beginning of this year.

Only  after  two  years  of  independence, the  government’s  reputation has already been tarnished by rampant corruption and  political  instability.  Hence,  South Sudan  entered  the  international  community  as  one the poorest countries in the world with more than half of the population surviving below the poverty.

However,  despite  the  immense  challenges  facing  the  country,  its  people  are  still  hopeful  that  the country can move beyond these social problems and eventually enjoy its status as the newest sovereign nation in the world.

But for now, South Sudanese are celebrating their new found freedom, relishing the end of decades of war.

Peace and prosperity to South Sudan!

Categories: Africa, South Sudan, Wandering the Road Less Traveled: My Humanitarian Missions | 11 Comments

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11 thoughts on “A Glimpse of Hope for South Sudanese

  1. Brilliant image Susan! Great post! Blessings, Robyn

  2. Ajaytao2010

    Hi how are you dear Susan, wish you are fine
    keep up your posting, love you pictures dear

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    • Hey there dearest! How are you now? Thanks for the nomination. Will find time to check this out.
      Hope things are much better with you. Continue to be an inspiration to others….take care!

      • Ajaytao2010

        thank you dear Susan wish too see you posting dear
        I am fine wish you the same dear

        thanks 🙂

  3. As I sit here on my couch, early this morning with clean ice water, comfortable home, electricity and internet access I am reminded by your post that so many people lack what we consider the basics … and of course, I am safe. Goodness!

  4. So that’s where you were… Glad everything went fine in the end…

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