The Most Important Thing: Sudanese Refugees (5/15)

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Seventy-five year old Shari Jokulu, who is blind, poses for a portrait with her son Osman Thawk, 40, in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 8th, 2012...In September, 2011 war came to their home in Bau County, in Sudan's Blue Nile State.  For five months Shari and Osman went from village to village, trying to find safety.  At points, Shari grew so hungry that she ate the leaves of the lalof tree to put something in her stomach.  Some of the friends and neighbors who accompanied them along the way died of illness or hunger.  Despite their movements, conflict followed them everywhere they went, and in February, 2012 they arrived at in Jamam...The most important thing that Shari was able to bring with her is the stick that she holds in this photograph.  Says Shari, "I've had this stick since I went blind six years ago.  My son led me along the road with it.  Without it, and him, I would be dead now."..Note: Pictured refugees hold the most important single item which they carried with them from Blue Nile.  The photographer's intent is to follow up and complete a matching series in several months to see what the most important item in their new lives is.
Seventy-five year old Shari Jokulu, who is blind, poses for a portrait with her son Osman Thawk, 40, in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 8th, 2012...In September, 2011 war came to their home in Bau County, in Sudan's Blue Nile State. For five months Shari and Osman went from village to village, trying to find safety. At points, Shari grew so hungry that she ate the leaves of the lalof tree to put something in her stomach. Some of the friends and neighbors who...
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